Blending theory and case studies, Civic Communion looks at community-building in rural America and how civic-minded people come together through a variety of ways, such as hosting and attending festivals, addressing conflict, planning the community, and maintaining heritage museums. David E. Procter's insightful work reveals a specific and significant form of community 'talk' that serves to build and sustain community.
David E. Procter is associate professor of speech communication and director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Part I: Orientations and Beginnings Chapter 4 1. The Connection of Communication and Community Chapter 5 2. In Search of Rural Community Part 6 Part II: Civic Communion Case Studies Chapter 7 3. Performing Gender through Local Festival Chapter 8 4. Building Community through Strategic Planning Chapter 9 5. Constructing Community from Conflict Chapter 10 6. Exhibiting Collective Memory Chapter 11 7. Infusing "Spirit" into Community Building Part 12 Part III: Community-Building Lessons Chapter 13 8. Lessons Learned Chapter 14 Works Cited Chapter 15 Index Chapter 16 About the Author