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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369434.003.0007

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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