The purpose of this volume is to discuss the concept of citizenship—in terms of its origins, its meanings, and its contemporary place and relevance in American democracy, and within a global context. The authors in this collection wrestle with the connection of citizenship to major tensions between liberty and equality, dynamism and stability, and civic disagreement and social cohesion. The essays also raise fundamental questions about the relationship between citizenship and leadership, and invite further reflection on the features of citizenship and civic leadership under the American Constitution. Finally, this collection offers various suggestions about how to revitalize citizenship and civic leadership through an education that is conducive to a renewal of American civic practices and institutions.
Carol McNamara is associate director for public programs for the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University.
Trevor Shelley is instructor and assistant director of Graduate Studies at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.
Introduction by Carol McNamara and Trevor Shelley
Chapter 1: Aristotle on Citizenship, the Common Good, and Human Happiness by Susan D. Collins
Chapter 2: On Liberal Citizenship by Michael Zuckert
Chapter 3: Fragmentary Wholes: Rousseau on Citizenship by Clifford Orwin
Chapter 4: “Is There No Virtue Among Us?” James Madison and the Office of the American Citizen by Greg Weiner
Chapter 5: Virtue and Self-Government: Reflections on the Compatibility of 21st American Character and the Demands of Self-Government by Henry Olsen
Chapter 6: A Political Science of Mores: Tocqueville on Citizenship and Civic Leadership by Trevor Shelley
Chapter 7: The Origins of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clauses by Kurt Lash
Chapter 8: American Citizenship and the Constitution: The Fourteenth Amendment as Hinge and Bridge by Rogers M. Smith
Chapter 9: “So terrible among men”: Montesquieu and Hamilton on the Judicial Power and National Citizenship by Ann Ward
Chapter 10: Nationalism and Citizenship by Rich Lowry
Chapter 11: Globalization’s Nationalist Future: Migration, Citizenship and the Pandemic by Henry Thomson
Chapter 12: Nationalism Won’t Enhance National Unity by Shikha Dalmia
Chapter 13: Can Dual Citizenship be Equal Citizenship? by Christopher Caldwell
Chapter 14: Legalize Undocumented Immigrants: It Will Cut Them Free of the Ball and Chain that Stalls their Integration by Tomas Jimenez
Chapter 15: Relations Before Transactions: Racial Inequality and Citizenship in America by Glenn Cartman Loury
Chapter 16: Debating Citizenship: The Reverend J.H. Jackson and the Contours of Everyday Black Conservatism by Angela D. Dillard,
Chapter 17: Race and the American Experiment: Jefferson, Madison, and the Problem of Integration by Peter C. Myers
Chapter 18: Microaggressions and the Public Good by Elizabeth Corey
Chapter 19: Educating Citizen Van Winkle by Susan McWilliams Barndt
Chapter 20: The Constitution in the Civic Education of Americans by William M. McClay
Chapter 21: Putting the US Constitution in its Place: A Broader Agenda for Civic Education by Peter Levine
The decline of citizenship and civic leadership is often lamented but rarely seriously addressed. This book takes on this crucial matter with the seriousness and analytic incisiveness it deserves. The list of authors includes many of the best writers who think about citizenship and leadership.
What is a citizen? In this bountiful gathering of essays, Aristotle’s question is answered, analyzed, and made timely. Readers can expect a variety of outlook, erudition, and topic, with inspiration from the ancients and application to us uncertain moderns. Here is philosophy not self-absorbed but in its most generous aspect.
Citizenship and Civic Leadership in America is a much-needed book for our politically polarized age. What we discover is that for democracy to work, it cannot rely upon the political class alone. All citizens must engage in the robust conversation about what constitutes citizenship, who belongs to it, and what does it mean. This book introduces the reader to do this.