Why do so many Americans fail to participate in their communities' affairs? What role should the citizenry play in our political system? In addressing these concerns, the text both evaluates the dilemma of participation, civility, and stability at a time when civic indifference is a national problem and outlines its sources, suggesting ways in which Americans can conquer their apathy toward government. This third edition expands the discussion of the internet as an element of the New Citizenship and outlines President George W. Bush's National Service proposals. Finally, the third edition integrates the impact of September 11, 2001 on American civic life, with a particular focus on the consequences of that cataclysmic event for college students and their conceptions of participation and citizenship.