The Psychology of Citizenship and Civic Engagement by S. Mark Pancer

The Psychology of Citizenship and Civic Engagement

byS. Mark Pancer

Hardcover | January 5, 2015

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Citizens' sense of responsibility to their community and to their nation is becoming a topic of growing concern. Recent research indicates that citizens of the United States and many other nations have become increasingly disconnected from their fellow community members, and when thisconnection is lost, individuals begin to suffer. They experience poorer health, achieve lower academic and employment success, and are at risk for the development of a host of social problems. On a broader level, states and countries whose citizens feel detached from their communities show higherlevels of crime, a greater incidence of disease, and even higher mortality rates. In The Psychology of Citizenship and Civic Engagement, S. Mark Pancer explores the development of civic engagement, the factors that influence its development, and the impacts of civic involvement on the individual, the community, and society. Pancer examines civic engagement over the lifespan andhow the effects of early experiences and influences exerted by peers, families, and religious organizations shape adult involvement. By addressing civic engagement from a systemic as well as individual perspective, this book discusses the role that factors such as government policy, culture, andsocioeconomic status play in fostering (or inhibiting) a person's civic connections. Pancer also works toward a solution to increase active citizenship by identifying gaps in research and theory and outlining ways in which scholarly work on civic engagement can inform policy and practice, with theaim to foster individuals sense of responsibility and community connection. By bringing together a large body of research from psychology, political science, sociology, education, and public health, Pancer provides readers with a comprehensive account of what science tells us about civicengagement.

About The Author

Dr. S. Mark Pancer is professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has published over 80 articles in a wide range of journals, has contributed chapters to several books, and is co-author of the book Partnerships for Prevention: The Story of the Highfield Community Enrichment Project. Professor Pa...

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Title:The Psychology of Citizenship and Civic EngagementFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.41 × 6.3 × 0.98 inPublished:January 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199752125

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Table of Contents

1. Citizenship and Civic engagement: An Introduction2. The Influence of Parents, Families, and Peers on Civic Engagement3. The Influence of Schools and Neighborhoods on Civic Engagement4. The Influence of Places of Work and Worship on Civic Engagement5. Societal Influences on Civic Engagement6. Impacts of Civic Engagement on Youth7. Impacts of Civic Engagement on Adults8. Impacts of Civic Engagement on Programs, Organizations, Neighborhoods, and Society9. The Why's and Wherefore's of Civic Engagement10. Building Citizenship through Research, Programs, and PolicyReferencesAbout the AuthorIndex

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"The Psychology of Citizenship and Civic Engagement is an engaging, masterful account of the sources of civic life. Pancer provides the most thoughtful integration available anywhere of contemporary research on citizenship and civic engagement." --Daniel Hart, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute for Effective Education, Rutgers University