National Service, Citizenship, and Political Education: Alexis de Tocqueville and Leadership in America

Sampul Depan
SUNY Press, 1 Jan 1992 - 282 halaman
This book analyzes the issues surrounding civilian national service policy from a fresh and original perspective. The author connects national service programs to the political theories of civic republicanism and communitarianism, assesses the practical consequences of these theories, and examines past youth service programs such as the CCC and Peace Corps to see if they are appropriate models or ideals for a national program. Gorham engages the issue of compulsory versus voluntary service and questions whether service tasks can instill a sense of "citizenship" in young people, as defenders of the program claim. Using the work of Michel Foucault, Charles Taylor, Carole Pateman, and others, he suggests that national service, as presently planned, will not create the "citizen" so much as a post-industrial and gendered subject. In the concluding chapters, he presents an argument for a democratic national service and offers an alternative program for policymakers to consider.
 

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National Service Political Socialization
5
The Debate over
31
The Creation and Structure of National Service
53
Registering and Training Service Participants
77
Testing and Vocational Education
91
The Theory and Practice of Service
107
Political Education in Service Programs
129
A Democratic Alternative to Service
157
Educating Adults Politically
179
National Service as Political Service
193
Notes
211
Selected Bibliography
269
Index
277
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Eric B. Gorham is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University, New Orleans.

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