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ERIC Number: EJ1003179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Fault Lines in American Culture: The Case for Civic Debate
Hartoonian, H. Michael; Van Scotter, Richard D.
Social Education, v76 n4 p202-204 Sep 2012
The social landscape of the United States can be mapped by using a series of cultural fault lines. This topography portrays conditions that descriptions of the surface fail to illuminate. Many of these schisms are the by-product of ideological positions that diminish personal responsibility and thoughtful civic discourse. If left unattended, these fault lines will continue to divide and diminish the republic. If they are understood and addressed, the United States could experience a rebirth of liberty, harmony, and prosperity. The cultural fault lines can be traced to gaps and imbalances in the country's socioeconomic system even though the political democracy cherishes such values as liberty, equality, fairness, and justice. In this article, the authors highlight what they perceive to be several "fault lines" in American culture. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States