Book Launch: The Civic Imagination

April 17, 2014

Our very own Brown Sociology graduate students (Peter Klein and Alissa Cordner) and former faculty member (Gianpaolo Baiocchi), along with two other Brown graduate students (Stephanie Savell and Elizabeth Bennett) recently published a book based on research conducted in Providence. You are all invited to an event next Wednesday (April 23) to celebrate this occasion, discuss their findings, and hear local civic groups talk about making a difference in American political life.



The Civic Imagination:


Making a Difference in American Political Life


By Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Elizabeth A. Bennett, Alissa Cordner, Peter Taylor Klein, and Stephanie Savell

April 23, 2014

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

We are constantly bombarded with opportunities to “make a difference” in our community: petitions, food drives, protests, Facebook campaigns, and public hearings are only a few of the ways that people in Providence work hard to make our city a better place to live and work. Why do people organize in so many different ways? How is it that similar groups choose different strategies? Why don’t organizations work together more often? For a year, five scholars from Brown (departments of sociology, anthropology and political science) joined seven local civic organizations to answer these questions, and to see how Americans understand, talk about, and act out their visions for change. Their ethnography, The Civic Imagination, came out last month. Please join the authors and Providence civic groups for a discussion of making a difference in American political life.

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