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Civil Society

A collection of persons who associate together to explore or promote their interests or goals. While civil society is not necessarily political or economic, it provides a sphere outside of the state or private sector in which people are motivated by their own goals, apart from profit or the good of the state. For that reason, civil society can exercise significant political influence. The growth of civil society is considered a mark of successful economic development of a country or region.
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Past research indicates that service-learning is able to bring about a variety of positive student outcomes ranging from intellectual growth and personal development to civic commitment (Rhoads, 1998; Gray, Geschwind, Ondaatje, Robyn, Klein, Sax, Astin, & Astin, 1996; Astin, Vogelgesang, Ikeda, & Yee, 2000).
The Russian nationalism on display in Dead Souls was not of the flag-waving, heart-warming variety, but rather, in Bojanowska's words, "a reform-minded civic commitment to Russia's much-needed social, economic, and cultural improvement" (p.
Modern collegetowns reduce the rate of public school attrition, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and alcohol abuse by helping to create community aspiration and civic commitment to make downtowns more attractive, vibrant, and, most importantly, more livable.
Antaria's strategy was used in a town in southwestern France, where it led to the signing of a civic commitment charter in May 2004 between Casco Industrie, a company that makes formaldehyde-based glue, and the Sabareges Association, a local collective that had long been opposed to locating the plant there for fear of the environmental hazards.
The study is scheduled for publication in the December issue of the "Journal for Civic Commitment.
Such glib moral summation avoids the real complexity of a Coleman Silk or an Anatole Broyard or even the lost cause of a Rush Limbaugh: that passing is but one face of the collective abandonment of the political problem of race; it substitutes a calculated and loveless escapism for civic commitment to the transformative notion of human equality.
Many thinkers have worried that the fading of traditional religion and of this-worldly eschatology may mean the decline of ethical and civic commitment in contemporary society.
Roshwald thus cautions that "the possible threat of political degeneration is clearly discernible, and its prevention demands vigilance, reconsideration of prevalent attitudes, and civic commitment on the part of the people and their elected representatives.
Through the celebration of "Great Men," the Republic promulgated a code of merit and civic commitment.
The prospect of civil ceremonies between couples of the same sex moved a step closer yesterday after the council's public protection committee approved proposals for a civic commitment scheme.
Democracy, he said, is not a "machine that would go of itself" but must consciously be reproduced, one generation instructing the next in the knowledge, skills and civic commitment required of its sustenance.
Many critics of suburban sprawl believe that it is directly related to a decline in community and sense of civic commitment.