This book has its origins in a conference on communitarianism and civil society held in October 1996 at Berry College. Almost all of the contributors participated in that conference, and most of the book's chapters were presented in earlier forms there. The sponsors of the conference were Berry College's Departments of Political Science and Sociology, Oglethorpe University, the Berry College Student Government, and the Chautauqua Council, a Berry College student organization. We thank all of these fine organizations for their support. The sponsorship of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute deserves to be mentioned separately, in view of its generosity.
The conference was distinguished by large and varied student involvement. The Chautauqua Council handled expertly many of the conference's details, under the extraordinary guidance of David Lindrum. Jason Maxwell, Amber Still, Jocelyn Jones, and Lynsey Morris also made outstanding contributions, showing that maybe we at Berry College really do inculcate moral virtue. Oglethorpe's Brad Stone, a very unusual sociologist, also participated in the conference's planning. Donna Worsham, friend of the Berry freshmen, produced all the conference materials.
Lynsey Morris and Darrell Sutton did a great deal of careful proofreading. Kathy Gann whipped the manuscript into shape for publication with her routine excellence. Elizabeth Thompson prepared the Index.