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Learning How to Hope: Reviving Democracy through our Schools and Civil Society

Sarah M. Stitzlein


Democracy is struggling in America. Citizens increasingly feel cynical about our system and doubt they can influence public policy. Distrustful of other Americans and elected officials, some are even turning to authoritarian alternatives. Hyperpartisanship and recent contentious presidential elections have deepened political despair. While some citizens get swept up in optimism during campaign cycles, they often later find themselves frustrated with elected leaders as they wait for change. This book seeks to revive democracy by teaching citizens how to hope. Hope animates life in a democracy, ... More

Keywords: hope, pragmatism, democracy, education, citizenship, social studies education, civic engagement, philosophy of education, civic studies, political philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190062651
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190062651.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah M. Stitzlein, author
Professor of Education, University of Cincinnati