Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life David E. Campbell

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Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life  by  David E. Campbell

Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life by David E. Campbell
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Why do more people vote--or get involved in other civic and political activities--in some communities than in others? Why We Vote demonstrates that our communities shape our civic and political engagement, and that schools are especiallyMoreWhy do more people vote--or get involved in other civic and political activities--in some communities than in others?

Why We Vote demonstrates that our communities shape our civic and political engagement, and that schools are especially significant communities for fostering strong civic norms.Much of the research on political participation has found that levels of participation are higher in diverse communities where issues important to voters are hotly contested. In this well-argued book, David Campbell finds support for this view, but also shows that homogenous communities often have very high levels of civic participation despite a lack of political conflict.Campbell maintains that this sense of civic duty springs not only from ones current social environment, but also from ones early influences.

The degree to which people feel a sense of civic obligation stems, in part, from their adolescent experience. Being raised and thus socialized in a community with strong civic norms leads people to be civically engaged in adulthood. Campbell demonstrates how the civic norms within ones high school impact individuals civic involvement--even a decade and a half after those individuals have graduated.Efforts within Americas high schools to enhance young peoples sense of civic responsibility could have a participatory payoff in years to come, the book concludes- thus schools would do well to focus more attention on building civic norms among their students.



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