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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
The Making of Tocqueville'S America
Author(s):
Kevin Butterfield
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226297118.003.0001

After the Revolution, as participation in formally organized groups other than churches and civil governments became more common, many Americans took seriously the need to define and delimit the bonds of individual membership. These new member-to-group relationships were defined in two ways: within their own associations, by means of constitutions, bylaws, and resolute attention to procedural regularity; and by the formation of what I call a “common law of membership.”

Keywords:   civil society, law, voluntary association, Alexis de Tocqueville, civic associations

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