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ERIC Number: EJ905899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1049-0965
A Pilgrimage to the Disneyland of Faith
Crowe, Justin; McWilliams, Susan; Beienburg, Sean
PS: Political Science and Politics, v43 n2 p359-361 Apr 2010
As part of a course considering "American Democracy in Theory and Practice," we took 36 students to Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. During that visit, students observed a community that seeks self-sufficiency and yet proves to be simultaneously responsive to and reflective of American democracy more broadly. Specifically, in a few short hours, they were able to see the virtues of civic association, the difficulty of respecting individualism in large-scale polities, the influence of regional identity, and the two-way interaction between politics and culture--all themes that featured prominently in our course. We offer this reflection to suggest the pedagogical benefits of showing the tensions of American politics in action and to encourage colleagues to consider integrating similar ventures into their own courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California