The crucible of consent : American child rearing and the forging of liberal society / James E. Block.

A democratic government requires the consent of its citizens. But how is that consent formed? Why should free people submit to any rule? Pursuing this question to its source for the first time, The Crucible of Consent argues that the explanation is to be found in the nursery and the schoolroom. Only...

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Main Author: Block, James E.
Format: eBook
Published: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: is consent credible?
  • The hidden dynamic of childhood consent
  • Part I. The dream of revolutionary erasure
  • Part II. Framing liberal child-rearing in the early republic: from factionalism to mainstream: the emerging consensus on agency socialization; constituting the voluntary citizen; socializing society: popular education and the diffusion of
  • Agency; educating the agent as liberal citizen
  • Part III. Consolidating the postwar agency republic: the "self-made" citizen: the science of agency and the erasure of socialization; a superfluous socialization? shaping the self-realizing child; divided we stand: education in the emerging organizational age
  • Coda: from dewey to discord-the twentieth-century crisis of the consensual society.