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The New Civics: Pragmatist Interventions

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The contemporary New Civics movement seeks to move beyond definitions of civic engagement tied simply to student recognition of US governmental structures and policies, and instead focuses on questions of student experience and identity as citizens able to make efficacious interventions in their communities. Currently, research in the area of New Civics is taken up almost exclusively by developmental and educational psychologists, and political scientists. Despite Dewey’s leadership in the “new civics” movement at the turn of the twentieth century, philosophers have not been actively involved in this important area of research. We argue that researching and teaching for civic empowerment and engagement especially of the structurally marginalized and disadvantaged is a natural entry point for pragmatist philosophers; and we provide a number of examples of what such interventions would look like.

Author(s):

Sharyn Clough    
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Oregon State University
United States

Mark Tschaepe    
Division of Social Work, Behavioral, and Political Sciences, Prairie View A&M
United States

Rob Figueroa    
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Oregon State University
United States

Stephanie Jenkins    
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Oregon State University
United States

 

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