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ERIC Number: EJ867754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Civic Opportunities in Associations: Interpersonal Interaction, Governance Experience and Institutional Relationships
Baggetta, Matthew
Social Forces, v88 n1 p175-199 Sep 2009
Following Tocqueville, many scholars consider associations "schools of democracy" because members can develop civic capacities within them. This article identifies the distribution of civic development opportunities across civic sectors (e.g., politics, service, recreation), focusing on understudied apolitical groups. New data is introduced on a set of often referenced, but rarely studied, associations: choral societies. Choruses are shown to offer numerous opportunities for interpersonal interaction, governance experience and institutional relationships. Data are compared to opportunities offered by associations in other civic sectors. Apolitical arts associations are found to provide as many or more opportunities for individual civic development than their politically- and service-oriented counterparts suggesting their potential for shrinking the political communication gap between naturally politically interested and disinterested citizens. (Contains 1 figure, 2 tables and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts