Citizenship and Civic Leadership in America
Edited by Carol McNamara and Trevor Shelley
JMC faculty partner Carol McNamara and fellow Trevor Shelley have recently edited a volume on citizenship and civic leadership in America. Several JMC scholars served as contributors, including Susan McWilliams Barndt, Elizabeth Corey, Wilfred M. McClay, Peter C. Meyers, Rogers M. Smith, Ann Ward, Greg Weiner, and Michael Zuckert:
The purpose of this volume is to discuss the concept of citizenship—in terms of its origins, its meanings, and its contemporary place and relevance in American democracy, and within a global context. The authors in this collection wrestle with the connection of citizenship to major tensions between liberty and equality, dynamism and stability, and civic disagreement and social cohesion. The essays also raise fundamental questions about the relationship between citizenship and leadership, and invite further reflection on the features of citizenship and civic leadership under the American Constitution. Finally, this collection offers various suggestions about how to revitalize citizenship and civic leadership through an education that is conducive to a renewal of American civic practices and institutions.
Carol McNamara is the Associate Director for Public Programs for the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and Senior Lecturer at Arizona State University. Prior to that, she worked as the founding Director with Olene Walker, a former governor of Utah, to build the Olene Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service at Weber State University in Utah. Her expertise includes classical political thought, Shakespeare’s politics, the Socratic education in Xenophon, Tom Wolfe, and the American presidency. Her publications include articles on the thought of Tom Wolfe, Shakespeare’s politics, and Xenophon’s Socrates, as well as an edited volume on The Obama Presidency in the Constitutional Order.
Professor McNamara is a JMC faculty partner.
Dr. Shelley is a JMC fellow.
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