9781641770583-1641770589-Who Killed Civil Society?: The Rise of Big Government and Decline of Bourgeois Norms

Who Killed Civil Society?: The Rise of Big Government and Decline of Bourgeois Norms

ISBN-13: 9781641770583
ISBN-10: 1641770589
Author: Husock, Howard A.
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Encounter Books
Format: Hardcover 176 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781641770583
ISBN-10: 1641770589
Author: Husock, Howard A.
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Encounter Books
Format: Hardcover 176 pages

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Acknowledged authors Husock, Howard A. wrote Who Killed Civil Society?: The Rise of Big Government and Decline of Bourgeois Norms comprising 176 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1641770589 and 9781641770583. Since then Who Killed Civil Society?: The Rise of Big Government and Decline of Bourgeois Norms textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Billions of American tax dollars go into a vast array of programs targeting various social issues: the opioid epidemic, criminal violence, chronic unemployment, and so on. Yet the problems persist and even grow. Howard Husock argues that we have lost sight of a more powerful strategy―a preventive strategy, based on positive social norms.

In the past, individuals and institutions of civil society actively promoted what may be called “bourgeois norms,” to nurture healthy habits so that social problems wouldn’t emerge in the first place. It was a formative effort. Today, a massive social service state instead takes a reformative approach to problems that have already become vexing. It offers counseling along with material support, but struggling communities have been more harmed than helped by government’s embrace. And social service agencies have a vested interest in the continuance of problems.

Government can provide a financial safety net for citizens, but it cannot effectively create or promote healthy norms. Nor should it try. That formative work is best done by civil society.

This book focuses on six key figures in the history of social welfare to illuminate how a norm-promoting culture was built, then lost, and how it can be revived. We read about Charles Loring Brace, founder of the Children’s Aid Society; Jane Addams, founder of Hull House; Mary Richmond, a social work pioneer; Grace Abbott of the federal Children’s Bureau; Wilbur Cohen of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare; and Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone―a model for bringing real benefit to a poor community through positive social norms. We need more like it.

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