Civic Repentance

Etzioni, Amitai. ed. Civic Repentance. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1999.

This collection of essays explores the lack of civic repentance within civic culture, its consequences, and how the situation may be remedied. Amitai Etzioni, who edited this collection, argues that the concept of civic repentance has three key elements of true remorse, punishment for the offense committed, and restructuring one’s life so as not to repeat the offense again. While these factors are present in several different religious traditions, they are conspicuously lacking in the civic culture.