Civil Society

Civil Society : Theory, History, Comparison

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The banner of "Civil Society" has been raised in recent years by social movements, in East Asia and Latin America quite as much as in Eastern Europe, seeking to push their societies from authoritarianism to democracy. The popularity of the concept is, however, almost inversely related to its clarity. The prime task of this volume is accordingly to better define what is meant by civil society, not least so that the extent of its usefulness, descriptively rather than merely prescriptively, can be established. To that end, analysis is comparative and historical quite as much as theoretical. Particular attention is paid to the relations between civil society and other social forces, most notably to nationalism and to populism. John A. Hall is the author of "Powers and Liberties", "The Sociology of Literature" and "Coercion and Consent", he is editor of "States in History" and co-editor of "Europe and the Rise of Capitalism".
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 31.75mm | 612.35g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 0745610617
  • 9780745610610

Table of contents

In search of civil society, John A. Hall; the importance of being modular, Ernest Gellner; civil society in communist China? - private business and political alliance, 1989, David Wank; the possibility of civil society - traditions, character and challenges, Victor Perez-Diaz; the nature of social ties and the future of postcommunist society - Poland after Solidarity, Wlodimierz Wesolowski; civic nation, civil society, civil religion, Christopher Bryant; philosophers' models on the Carpathian lowlands, Christopher Hann; post-Marxism, no friend of civil society, Hudson Meadwell; amimadersions upon civil society and civic virtue in the last decade of the 20th century, Adam Seligman; modernity, late development and civil society, Nicos Mouzelis; from controlled inclusion to coerced marginalization - the struggle for civil society in Latin America, Philip Oxhorn; civil society and Islam, Serif Mardin; civil society and its future, Salvador Giner.
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