The revised fourth edition of “The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism, and Service” by Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science Craig Rimmerman will be released this July by Westview Press (Dilemmas in American Politics Series).
The new edition features updates throughout, including material that addresses ACORN, the 2008 presidential election and the Obama presidency. In “The New Citizenship,” Rimmerman discusses the impact of recent events for college students and their conceptions of participation and citizenship. Examples of real-world activism also focus on groups involving college students.
According to its publisher, “At a time when civic indifference is a national problem, this book offers ways for Americans to conquer their apathy toward government.” Noting Rimmerman provides a balanced approach, the publisher adds, “From militias on the right to violent pro-environment groups on the left, the author shows that neither side of the political spectrum has a lock on unconventional political activism.”
In April 2005, Rimmerman was appointed series editor for Westview’s “Dilemmas in American Politics” book series. Each book in the “Dilemmas” series addresses a real world problem and raises issues that are of most concern to undergraduate students. In 2002, Rimmerman was appointed series editor for the Queer Politics, Queer Theories series at Temple University. He is the author of “From Identity to Politics: The Lesbian and Gay Movements in the United States” (2001), and “The Presidency by Plebiscite: The Reagan-Bush Era in Institutional Perspective” (1992).
Rimmerman joined the Colleges faculty in 1986, with Ph.D. and master’s degrees in political science from the Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from Miami University. He is a Congressional Fellow who worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide and continues to remain in touch with the nation’s capitol in several ways, including leading the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Washington, D.C. semester.