Moving Beyond the “Plight of Civility” and Future Research on Civility and Democratic Education

  • Andrew PetersonEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)


In this final, concluding chapter, the key themes and arguments of the book are summarised. Some reflections are also offered about how we might move beyond the “plight of civility” in positive ways and by recognising that cultivating civility involves habits of the mind and heart. The chapter also identifies three research priorities, each with associated research questions, which might usefully guide further theoretical and empirical research about educating civility in schools.


Research priorities Civil conduct Mutual fellow-feeling “Plight of civility” Educating civility 


  1. Frimer, J. A., & Skitka, L. J. (2018). The Montagu principle: Incivility decreases politicians’ public approval, even with their political base. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes, 115(5), 845–866.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Gayer, L. (2018). Drawing the line: Bonds and bounds of civility in a Christian basti of Karachi. Anthropological Theory, 18(2–3), 382–408.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Hannon, M. (2019). Empathetic understanding and deliberative democracy. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
  4. Mill, J. S. (1991). On liberty and other essays. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  5. Sandel, M. (2010). Justice. What’s the right thing to do? London: Penguin.Google Scholar
  6. Walzer, M. (1974). Civility and civic virtue in contemporary America. Social Research, 41(4), 593–611.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jubilee Centre for Character and VirtuesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

Personalised recommendations