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Sprawl, Justice, and CitizenshipThe Civic Costs of the American Way of Life$
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Thad Williamson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369434

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369434.001.0001

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Sprawl, Civic Virtue, and the Political Economy of Citizenship

Sprawl, Civic Virtue, and the Political Economy of Citizenship

(p.179) Six Sprawl, Civic Virtue, and the Political Economy of Citizenship
Sprawl, Justice, and Citizenship

Thad Williamson

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces another ideology—republicanism—in order to interrogate sprawl in terms of civic virtue of self-governance and assumed shared responsibility. Civic republicans challenge the current American society—its institutions, culture norms, societal practices, and existing preferences to the extent of undercutting freedom as self-governance. As history dictates, however, sprawl apparently resulted from the desires of American society to live the suburban convenience, not out of a desire to foster active citizenship.

Keywords:   republicanism, sprawl, civic virtue, self-governance, assumed shared responsibility, civic republicans, institutions, culture norms, societal practices, existing preferences, active citizenship

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