Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance
Author: Eddie Harmon-Jones
Publsiher: American Psychological Association (APA)
Total Pages: 303
Release: 2019
ISBN: 9781433830105
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cognitive Dissonance Book Excerpt:

This volume describes advances in the theory of cognitive dissonance, from its origination in 1954 to the present day.

Online Impulse Buying and Cognitive Dissonance

Online Impulse Buying and Cognitive Dissonance
Author: Giovanni Mattia,Alessio Di Leo,Ludovica Principato
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 99
Release: 2021-02-12
ISBN: 3030659232
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Online Impulse Buying and Cognitive Dissonance Book Excerpt:

Consumers’ beliefs and attitudes towards online sales significantly influence buying behavior on the internet. However, the impact of these thoughts and beliefs on the decision to make an online purchase is not direct. It can be moderated by the emotions experienced while browsing an e-commerce website. Impulse buying in particular is influenced by a number of factors, for example how stimulating the e-shopping platform is, and how easy it is to click on the cart a certain product, for instance a smartphone. But what happens after an online impulse buy is made? Often the customer can regret the purchase and in the throes of anxiety, look for reasons to justify the choices made. Consumer behaviour scholars and pyschologists call this phenomenon cognitive dissonance, and certain individuals are more sensitive than others in developing this than others. This book offers a deep investigation around online impulse buying and subsequent cognitive dissonance. Specifically, the authors present a research case study of a group of millenials who are shopping for smartphones to study whether an initial positive state can reduce the onset of cognitive dissonance in consumers. Based on substantial research and a sample of 212 impulsive millennial buyers, the book provides a comprehensive, but simple and synthetic framework of impulse buying, cognitive dissonance and positive affect state, highlighting their relationships.

The Dynamics of Persuasion

The Dynamics of Persuasion
Author: Richard M. Perloff
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2020-07-14
ISBN: 0429589409
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dynamics of Persuasion Book Excerpt:

Now in its seventh edition, this essential text continues to provide students with a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the study and practice of persuasive communication. Attuned to the swift changes in the world of persuasion in the twenty-first century, this book covers how theories and research illuminate and adapt to our present digital era, with continued attention to ethical implications and today’s big topics. This new edition features updated definitions of key terms in the field as they relate to present-day practice; an integration of persuasion theories and the ubiquity of online influence; new examples and cases to illustrate persuasive communication’s approach to health campaigns, attitudes, communicator appeals, dissonance, and ethics; and a thorough reflection of the most current scholarship in the field. The Dynamics of Persuasion, Seventh Edition provides a solid foundation for undergraduate students in communication studies and psychology to grasp the key concepts and practices of persuasive communication today. The book is complemented by online resources for both instructors and students, including an instructor’s manual, lecture slides, sample test questions, and links to relevant articles and videos illustrating concepts presented in the text. Please visit www.routledge.com/cw/perloff.

Atlas of the Heart

Atlas of the Heart
Author: Brené Brown
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2021-11-30
ISBN: 0399592571
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atlas of the Heart Book Excerpt:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In her latest book, Brené Brown writes, “If we want to find the way back to ourselves and one another, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories and be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection.” In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances—a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection. Over the past two decades, Brown’s extensive research into the experiences that make us who we are has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be courageous with our lives. Atlas of the Heart draws on this research, as well as on Brown’s singular skills as a storyteller, to show us how accurately naming an experience doesn’t give the experience more power—it gives us the power of understanding, meaning, and choice. Brown shares, “I want this book to be an atlas for all of us, because I believe that, with an adventurous heart and the right maps, we can travel anywhere and never fear losing ourselves.”

The Quest for Character

The Quest for Character
Author: Massimo Pigliucci
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2022-09-27
ISBN: 1541646959
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Quest for Character Book Excerpt:

What Socrates’s greatest failure reveals about an ancient question: Can we teach our leaders to be better people? Is good character something that can be taught? In 430 BCE, Socrates set out to teach the vain, power-seeking Athenian statesman Alcibiades how to be a good person—and failed spectacularly. Alcibiades went on to beguile his city into a hopeless war with Syracuse, and all of Athens paid the price. In The Quest for Character, philosophy professor Massimo Pigliucci tells this famous story and asks what we can learn from it. He blends ancient sources with modern interpretations to give a full picture of the philosophy and cultivation of character, virtue, and personal excellence—what the Greeks called arete. At heart, The Quest for Character isn’t simply about what makes a good leader. Drawing on Socrates as well as his followers among the Stoics, this book gives us lessons perhaps even more crucial: how we can each lead an excellent life.

Founders and Organizational Development

Founders and Organizational Development
Author: Stephen R. Block,Katrina Miller-Stevens
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2021-06-29
ISBN: 100039946X
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Founders and Organizational Development Book Excerpt:

Founders and Organizational Development: The Etiology and Theory of Founder’s Syndrome is designed to help today’s researchers, faculty, students and practitioners become familiar with the etiology and dynamics of Founder’s Syndrome as an organizational condition challenging nonprofit/nongovernmental, social enterprise, and for-profit and publicly traded organizations. The book uses applied social and psychological theories and concepts to peel away the layers of an organizational enigma, revealing three causes of Founder’s Syndrome and insight into the power and privileges assumed by founders who engage in undesirable and self-destructive behaviors leading to their termination; going from hero status to antihero. Researchers, instructors, students, and practitioners will find thought-provoking case studies from the real world of organization development practice. Segments from interviews during interventions reveal the type of emotional turmoil experienced in organizations where founder’s syndrome is present. Insight is provided into accounts of well-known founders who were terminated or forced to resign. The unique features of this book include: integrating theory into practice, describing a new theory about the psychological reaction of founder’s syndrome victims, prevention ideas when designing new organizations, strategies for intervention, using content based on research and organization development consultation experiences, and, integrating feedback from students who have launched organizations.

The Addiction Recovery Handbook

The Addiction Recovery Handbook
Author: Richard W. Clark
Publsiher: FriesenPress
Total Pages: 387
Release: 2020-09-28
ISBN: 1525568280
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Addiction Recovery Handbook Book Excerpt:

What Richard Clark presents in The Addiction Recovery Handbook: Understanding Addiction and Culture is long overdue. Since 1939, Bill Wilson’s important and influential books, Alcoholics Anonymous and AA’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, have helped millions of people struggling with addiction to recover. In more than 80 years since then, a lot has changed: the definition of addiction, its demographics, social attitudes to addiction, politics, religious influence, treatment modalities, and the epidemiology of the illness. These have taken tolls on our modern network of relationships and treatment that culture and community now depend upon. The Addiction Recovery Handbook examines the changing historical views of addiction, outlines how this culture developed its contemporary perceptions and values, and how society contributes to this growing problem. He proposes AA’s traditional religious model of God’s help-and-forgiveness can no longer address the needs of a diverse and largely irreligious society where atheism is becoming mainstream. His updated analysis of the traditional ‘AA’ approach proposes that self-understanding and awareness—through knowledge and education, psychology, and compassion, be the significant components of any recovery framework. This will guide both caregivers and addicts to develop expertise regarding more successful treatment and recovery protocols. This would be in a supportive environment of self-knowledge and mutual respect, whether theist or atheist. All concerned will acquire the ability to live a spiritual life, which is clearly defined. The Addiction Recovery Handbook is an interesting and readable book and is intended for everyone: addicts, medical professionals, counsellors, therapists, clients, sponsors, social workers, family members, partners, friends, employers—every stakeholder in a healthy, non-judgmental society that cares about the wellbeing of all its members.

Philosophy of Psychology

Philosophy of Psychology
Author: Kengo Miyazono,Lisa Bortolotti
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2021-04-28
ISBN: 1509515518
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophy of Psychology Book Excerpt:

Are we rational creatures? Do we have free will? Can we ever know ourselves? These and other fundamental questions have been discussed by philosophers over millennia. But recent empirical findings in psychology and neuroscience suggest we should reconsider them. This textbook provides an engrossing overview of contemporary debates in the philosophy of psychology, exploring the ways in which the interaction and collaboration between psychologists and philosophers contribute to a better understanding of the human mind, cognition and behaviour. Miyazono and Bortolotti discuss pivotal studies in cognitive psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, evolutionary psychology, clinical psychology and neuroscience, and their implications for philosophy. Combining the latest philosophical and psychological research with an accessible style, Philosophy of Psychology is a crucial resource for students from either discipline. It is the most up-to-date text for modules on philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mental health and philosophy of cognitive science.

Collective Illusions

Collective Illusions
Author: Todd Rose
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2022-02-01
ISBN: 0306925702
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Collective Illusions Book Excerpt:

**National Bestseller** Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience, behavioral economic, and social psychology research, acclaimed author, former Harvard professor, and think tank founder Todd Rose reveals how so much of our thinking about each other is informed by false assumptions that drive bad decisions that make us dangerously mistrustful as a society and hopelessly unhappy as individuals. The desire to fit in is one of the most powerful, least understood forces in a society. Todd Rose believes that as human beings we continually act against our own best interests out of our brains’ misunderstanding of what we think others believe. A complicated set of illusions driven by conformity bias distorts how we see the world around us. From toilet paper shortages to kidneys that get thrown away rather than used for desperately needed organ transplants, from racial segregation to the perceived “electability” of women for political office, from bottled water to “cancel culture,” we routinely copy others, lie about what we believe, cling to tribes, and silence others. We are so profoundly social that when we are incongruent with the group that we do lasting damage to our self-worth, diminish our well-being and never realize our full potential. It’s why we all too often chase the familiar trappings of money, fame, and success that leave us feeling empty even when we do achieve them. It’s why we’ll blindly espouse a viewpoint we don’t necessarily believe in so that we blend in with the group. We trap ourselves in prisons of our own making that prevent us from living the happy, fulfilled lives we envision. The question is, Why do we keep believing the lies and hurting ourselves? Todd Rose reveals the answer is deeply hard-wired in our DNA, with brains that are more socially dependent than we realize or dare to accept. Most of us would rather be fully in sync with the social norms of our respective groups than true to who we are. Using originally researched data, Collective Illusions shows us where we get things wrong and just as important, how we can be authentic in forming our opinions while valuing truth. Rose offers a counterintuitive, empowering, and hopeful explanation for how we can bridge the inference gap, make decisions with a newfound clarity, and achieve fulfillment. Only then can we transform ourselves, and ultimately, society.

Learning and Teaching for Teachers

Learning and Teaching for Teachers
Author: Pradeep Kumar Misra
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2021-10-18
ISBN: 9811630771
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Learning and Teaching for Teachers Book Excerpt:

This book provides a comprehensive and balanced description of learning and teaching by connecting it to secondary and higher education teachers’ experiences and practices in day-to-day life. Woven around research conducted by educationists, psychologists, and practitioners around the globe, this book presents key concepts and addresses significant discussions and concerns with regard to learning and teaching in the present age. Seeking to help teachers understand learners’ learning needs, preferences, and styles and manage their teaching plans, priorities, and practices accordingly, it details the main ideas and emerging practices related to learning and teaching in a very easy to ‘read, understand, and practice’ way. The first five chapters approach learning from different perspectives, while the next six explain in detail how to practice teaching to maximize learning outcomes. Combining the traditional textbook-style approach of content description with a self-learning approach based on various real-world situations and activities related to both learning and teaching, this textbook is particularly valuable for teachers in school education, higher education, and teacher education. This book is also an essential resource for fulfilling teachers’ continuing professional development requirements. Although intended for teachers worldwide, the book especially helps teachers in South Asian countries to improve learning outcomes in their classrooms and, subsequently, the quality of their education systems.

United States Foreign Policy 1945 1968

United States Foreign Policy 1945 1968
Author: Michael Wayne Santos
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 359
Release: 2020-01-31
ISBN: 1793602182
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

United States Foreign Policy 1945 1968 Book Excerpt:

Between 1945 and 1968, the possibility of Mutual Assured Destruction led to a host of odd realities, including the creation of an affable cartoon turtle named Bert who taught millions of school children that nuclear war was survivable if they simply learned how to "duck and cover." Meanwhile, fear of Communism played out against the backdrop of potential Armageddon to provide justification for a variety of covert operations involving regime change, political assassination, and sometimes bizarre plot twists. United States Foreign Policy 1945-1968: The Bomb, Spies, Stories, and Lies takes a fresh look at this complex, often confusing, and frequently farcical period in American and world history.

The Proof

The Proof
Author: Frederick Schauer
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2022-05-31
ISBN: 0674276256
Category: Law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Proof Book Excerpt:

In a world awash in “fake news,” where public figures make unfounded assertions as a matter of course, a preeminent legal theorist ranges across the courtroom, the scientific laboratory, and the insights of philosophers to explore the nature of evidence and show how it is credibly established. In the age of fake news, trust and truth are hard to come by. Blatantly and shamelessly, public figures deceive us by abusing what sounds like evidence. Preeminent legal theorist Frederick Schauer proposes correctives, drawing on centuries of inquiry into the nature of evidence. Evidence is the basis of how we know what we think we know, but evidence is no simple thing. Evidence that counts in, say, the policymaking context is different from evidence that stands up in court. Law, science, historical scholarship, public and private decisionmaking—all rely on different standards of evidence. Exploring diverse terrain including vaccine and food safety, election-fraud claims, the January 2021 events at the US Capitol, the reliability of experts and eyewitnesses, climate science, art authentication, and even astrology, The Proof develops fresh insights into the challenge of reaching the truth. Schauer combines perspectives from law, statistics, psychology, and the philosophy of science to evaluate how evidence should function in and out of court. He argues that evidence comes in degrees. Weak evidence is still some evidence. The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, but prolonged, fruitless efforts to substantiate a claim can go some distance in proving a negative. And evidence insufficient to lock someone up for a crime may be good enough to keep them out of jail. This book explains how to reason more effectively in everyday life, shows why people often reason poorly, and takes evidence as a pervasive problem, not just a matter of legal rules.

Civic Education in the Age of Mass Migration

Civic Education in the Age of Mass Migration
Author: Angela M. Banks
Publsiher: Teachers College Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2023
ISBN: 0807779792
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Civic Education in the Age of Mass Migration Book Excerpt:

This important book offers a more inclusive approach to preparing students to be responsible participants in a democratic society. Civic education generally operates through the lens of citizenship, where students learn what good citizenship is and what good citizens do. Yet the citizenship lens fails to identify the wide range of school children and their families who participate in economic, political, and social life. Civic Education in the Age of Mass Migration examines the exclusionary aspects of citizenship and offers democratic societies an alternative approach that includes all long-term residents regardless of citizenship and immigration status. Banks reimagines a civic education curriculum that gives students the knowledge and skills they will need to assist the United States in becoming a more perfect union. Book Features: A brief overview of the history of civic education and why citizenship status and immigration status should be explicitly addressed.An examination of the economic, political, and social forces shaping immigration law. A new way to conceptualize membership based on three principles: popular sovereignty, participation, and the jus nexi principle.Classroom activities and discussion questions to help civic educators incorporate the idea of citizenship boundaries into their curriculum.

Motivation and Self regulation in Sport and Exercise

Motivation and Self regulation in Sport and Exercise
Author: Chris Englert,Ian Taylor
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2021-06-07
ISBN: 100039378X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Motivation and Self regulation in Sport and Exercise Book Excerpt:

The ability to effectively use one’s thoughts, emotions and motivation to enhance performance and well-being is one of the most important skills in sport and exercise contexts. Motivation and Self-Regulation in Sport and Exercise explores the theories, research and processes that underpin these self-regulatory and motivational processes. A deeper understanding of motivation and self-regulation has far-reaching implications, from helping individuals to begin an active lifestyle, to seasoned athletes looking for a competitive edge. For the first time, the globally leading researchers in this research field come together to provide their unique, cutting-edge insight into how to exercise or perform more effectively. In doing so, the book provides new insight into established theories of motivation and self-regulation, but also breaks new ground by inspecting lesser-known or emerging paradigms. This book is intended for all scholars interested in self-regulation and motivation, from undergraduate students to experienced researchers, as well as practicing sport and exercise psychologists, coaches and athletes.

Social Psychology

Social Psychology
Author: Saul Kassin,Steven Fein,Hazel Rose Markus
Publsiher: Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 816
Release: 2020-04-08
ISBN: 0357122828
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Social Psychology Book Excerpt:

Kassin/Fein/Markus' SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 11th Edition, brings chapter concepts to life through a unique emphasis on current events in sports, music, entertainment, technology, social media, business, world politics and more. Combining scholarship with real-world illustrations, it helps you understand the field of social psychology through engaging connections to everyday life. Integrating both classic and emerging research, the text delivers comprehensive coverage of social cognition and applications to law, business, and health and well-being. In addition, author Hazel Rose Markus, a respected researcher in the study of cultural psychology, integrates culture and diversity topics into every chapter. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Quit

Quit
Author: Annie Duke
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 217
Release: 2022-10-04
ISBN: 1529192315
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quit Book Excerpt:

Discover when to grit, and when to quit We are often told that the secret to success is hard work, determination, and hours of practice. But in a fast-changing world, what if the really crucial skill is knowing when to stick at something and when to change track and walk away? Quit makes the under-appreciated case for quitting and also shows you how to get really good at it. Drawing on stories from elite athletes to Everest climbers, comedians to musicians, Annie Duke (who left a successful poker career) explains why learning to quit well is often crucial to success. She provides clear strategies for working out when to cut your losses from a business product that isn't working, a relationship turned toxic, or a career that won't take you where you want to go. You'll learn how to spot the blocks to good quitting behaviour -- escalation commitment, desire for certainty and the status quo bias -- and also how to use tools like quitting contracts, flexible goal-setting and premortems to help you quit cleanly and confidently. Whether you're facing a make-or-break business decision, a life-altering personal choice or simply wanting to take more control of your life, Quit provides a toolkit for change to help you make the best next move.

The Applied Psychology of Sustainability

The Applied Psychology of Sustainability
Author: Robert G. Jones
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 430
Release: 2020-04-02
ISBN: 0429948743
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Applied Psychology of Sustainability Book Excerpt:

Why doesn’t everyone see sustainability as a huge issue? Why don’t people think more carefully before making choices? What will it take for people to change? Examining the many psychological factors that lead to human behavioral effects on the environment, this book answers these questions definitively and provides practical guidance for approaches that have been used to successfully stimulate change. The Applied Psychology of Sustainability provides an extensive, integrated definition of the processes that lead to climatic, ecological, and socio-economic results: It defines a Psychology of Sustainability. Each chapter applies elements from the core research areas of cognitive, social, and developmental psychology into the context of criteria specific to sustainability. Comprehensively updated to embrace great change in the field, this new edition expands on critical issues yet maintains its strong foundation that the psychology of decisions is the essential precursor to sustainability and that these decisions should be treated as the primary target of change. Throughout the book, readers will find new ways of framing questions related to human adaptability and evolutionary psychology. The Applied Psychology of Sustainability is essential reading for students and professionals in a range of disciplines who wish to contribute to this crucial conversation.

The Oxford Handbook of Infidelity

The Oxford Handbook of Infidelity
Author: Tara DeLecce,Postdoctoral Researcher and Special Lecturer Tara Delecce,Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology Todd K Shackelford,Todd K. Shackelford
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 649
Release: 2022
ISBN: 019750289X
Category: Family & Relationships
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Infidelity Book Excerpt:

Psychological research has produced a rich body of empirical data documenting humanity's propensity to commit infidelity in the context of long-term relationships, but comparatively little work has been dedicated to synthesizing these data into an integrated framework that encompasses the full range of its processes, from why it occurs in the first place to how it affects the long-term relationship thereafter. This edited handbook integrates a broad range of topics such as characteristics related to the propensity to commit infidelity, sex differences in reactions to infidelity, our inclination to dissolve relationships after infidelity, and other responses to infidelity. It showcases contributions from experts in social psychology, evolutionary psychology, and others who specialize in research on romantic relationships. The handbook discusses the processes of infidelity alongside sources of variation, such as sexual orientation, developmental life history, individual differences, and culture. This volume captures the interdisciplinary quality of research on the predictors, nature, and consequences of infidelity for the broader social scientific community interested in trust in romantic relationships.

Handbook of Research on Organizational Culture Strategies for Effective Knowledge Management and Performance

Handbook of Research on Organizational Culture Strategies for Effective Knowledge Management and Performance
Author: Tessier, Dana
Publsiher: IGI Global
Total Pages: 394
Release: 2021-06-25
ISBN: 1799874249
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Research on Organizational Culture Strategies for Effective Knowledge Management and Performance Book Excerpt:

Organizations are facing major disruptions in technology, consumer preferences, and in the makeup of their workforce, and as a result, they will need to adapt to these rapidly changing times to stay effective. Organizations that are able to tap into the collective knowledge of their employees and leverage their insights will have an advantage over those that lack this connectivity. Implementing a knowledge management (KM) strategy can help organizations improve operational effectiveness, innovation, and adapt to changes, but the majority of KM implementations fail due to misalignment with the organization's existing culture. Organizational culture can enable effective KM, or it can be a barrier to its implementation. The Handbook of Research on Organizational Culture Strategies for Effective Knowledge Management and Performance defines the relationship between organizational culture and knowledge management and how they impact one another. This handbook also identifies critical business practices to assist organizations in transitioning to work from home while maintaining a strong corporate culture that includes beneficial knowledge-sharing behaviors. Covering topics including knowledge management, organizational culture, and change management, this text is essential for managers, executives, practitioners, leaders in business, non-profits, academicians, researchers, and students looking for research on how organizations can thrive and adapt due to emerging global disruptions as well as local or internal disruptions.

Democracy in Our America

Democracy in Our America
Author: Paul W. Kahn
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2023-01-31
ISBN: 0300268726
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democracy in Our America Book Excerpt:

One of America’s most distinguished political theorists examines what happens when national politics enters a small New England town After the election of 2016 and, even more urgently, after the election of 2020, many citizens looked at the economic and cultural divisions that were causing deep disruptions in American politics and asked, “What is happening to us?” Paul W. Kahn explores these fundamental changes as they show themselves in a small New England town—his home of twenty-five years, Killingworth, Connecticut. His inquiry grounds a democratic theory that puts volunteering, not voting, at its center. Absent active participation, citizens lose the capacity for judgment that comes from working with others to solve real problems. Volunteering, however, is under existential threat today. Changes in civil society, commerce, employment, and public opinion formation have isolated families from each other and from their communities. Even middle-class families live under financial stress, uncertain of their children’s future, and without the support of civil society. Local media has disappeared. Residents do not have the time, information, or interest to volunteer. Under these conditions, national polarization enters local politics, which becomes yet another site for national conflict. To save our democracy, Kahn concludes, we need to find ways of matching opportunities for participation to the ways we live our lives today.