Power and Public Work in West Virginia
“When people come together for the common good, power springs up there,” said a board member of the West Virginia Center for Civic Life.1 She is one of countless citizens in the United States working to engage citizens in public life and work. The experiences of Tajikistan and West Virginia are literally and culturally half a world apart. Both are mountainous states; West Virginia has one-third of the population and a little less than half the land area of Tajikistan. More significant, Tajikistanis’ experience is rooted in a Central Asian khanate and 70 years of totalitarian Soviet rule while West Virginians have a tradition of democratic thought and practice. One people is Muslim, the other predominantly Christian. Despite their vivid differences, some citizens in each are deeply committed to developing an engaged public.
KeywordsDomestic Violence Public Work Deliberative Process Public Deliberation Civic Life
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Chapter Eight Power and Public Work in West Virginia
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