Outline, The Republic

Outline, The Republic - Sarah Benton American Pol. Sec. A...

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Sarah Benton American Pol. Sec. A Oral Presentation Article #6 9/30/2009 In “Liberal Individualism and the Crisis of Citizenship”, Robert Bellah’s follow up essay to his book “Habits of the Heart”, the author explores the degree of individualism present in the United States, and whether or not that individualism is the root of the “civic membership” crisis afoot in our country today. Bellah’s analysis of American culture and its deficit of social culture is an accurate portrayal of the issue between the average American’s love of individualism and the national decline in numbers of citizens involved in membership groups, volunteerism, and general activity in their communities and surrounding ones. One of the more interesting ideas Bellah presents is his theory that American individualism is the root of evil in the sense of community and wholeness in our country. This theory is supported by several very eye-opening percentages, regarding the average American’s involvement in what he refers to as “associational membership”. All of Bellah’s arguments are well-supported views on the decline in involvement,
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