Global Civil Society

Global Civil Society : An Answer to War

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The terms 'global' and 'civil society' have both become part of the contemporary political lexicon. In this important new book, Mary Kaldor argues that this is no coincidence and that the reinvention of civil society has to be understood in the context of globalization.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 11mm | 308g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745627587
  • 9780745627588
  • 740,789

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The terms 'global' and 'civil society' haveboth become part of the contemporary political lexicon. In thisimportant new book, Mary Kaldor argues that this is no coincidenceand that the reinvention of civil society has to be understood inthe context of globalization. The concept of civil society is nolonger confined to the borders of the territorial state. Whetherone considers dissidents in repressive regimes, landless labourersin Central America, campaigners against land mines or global debt, or even religious fundamentalists, it is now possible for them tolink up with other like-minded groups in different parts of theworld and to address demands not just to national governments butto global institutions as well. This has opened up newopportunities for human emancipation, and, in particular, for goingbeyond war as a way of managing global affairs. But it also entailsnew risks and insecurities.

This is a book about a political idea - an idea that cameout of the 1989 revolutions. It is an idea that expresses a realphenomenon, even if the boundaries and shape of the phenomenon arecontested and subject to constant redefinition. The study of pastdebates as well as the actions and arguments of the present is away of directly influencing the phenomenon, and of contributing toa changing reality, if possible for the better. The task is all themore urgent in the aftermath of September 11.

Global Civil Society will be read by students ofpolitics, international relations and sociology, as well asactivists, policy-makers, journalists and all those engaged inglobal public debates
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Table of contents

Preface. Abbreviations. Chapter 1: Five Meanings of Global Civil Society. Chapter 2: The Discourse of Civil Society. Chapter 3: The Ideas of 1989: The Origins of the Concept of Global Civil Society. Chapter 4: Social Movements, NGOs and Networks. Chapter 5: Globalization, the State and War. Chapter 6: September 11: The Return of the 'Outside'?. Notes. Index
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"Highly recommended." Choice "A powerfully persuasive book ... a must-read for students of politics, practitioners, activists, journalists, and anyone engaged in public activism." Perspectives on Political Science "In Global Civil Society, [Kaldor] is particularly concerned with the importance of nonstate actors in international relations, working within the constructivist tradition of international relations from an activist perspective. When she examines the theoretical roots and contemporary development of global civil society, she is hardlt a disinterested observer. ...In short, in assessing Global Civil Society, it is important to recognize both Kaldor's intellectual honesty and her explicit political commitments. She examines literature and events to develop an arguement about how to promote peace in the future. Thus, this book is a theoretical and political treatise, informed by Kaldor's reading of theory and history and also by her experience as an activist. ...Global Civil Society is a short, sharp read that is organized around a clear argument. It should be a welcome addition to the bookshelves of scholars interested in peace, war, and global civil society." David S. Meyer, University of California, Irvine
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About Mary Kaldor

Mary Kaldor is School Professor and Director of the Global Civil Society programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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