The purpose of this seminar is to explore an important topic in library and information studies in depth — in all its intertwined historical, cultural, philosophical, and political aspects — through a graduate reading/discussion seminar. The topic varies each time the course is taught; this time around, we will focus on "libraries and community"
Awa is totally right. His causes are weak. That's been bothering me all week -- what is he missing? I wonder if a more thorough look at the causes might weaken his argument. For example, looking at how people turned away from conformity and mindless following might be a huge cause of civic disengagement -- but do we really want to go back to a time when powerful groups convinced people to do terrible things (segregation etc.)?