Uncivil Society?

Uncivil Society? : Contentious Politics in Post-Communist Europe

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This volume makes a significant contribution to the debate about the development of post-communist civil society by focusing on its alleged 'dark side', i.e., on the groups that are excluded from 'civil society' on both conceptual and normative grounds. The chapters, written by specialists in the field, explore in rich empirical detail the complexities involved when such groups - like the skinheads in Hungary, the farmers' 'Self Defence' movement in Poland or the war-veterans in Croatia - challenge the state, engage in community activism, or get involved in protest actions. It also offers a contrasting perspective by focusing on similar activities by the alleged 'pro-democratic' actors of civil society, such as Impulse 99 in the Czech Republic. The book maintains that political protest, or contentious politics, should be included under a broad and positive development of associational activity in the region.
Uncivil Society? Contentious Politics in Post-Communist Europe is a fascinating study, and will be of interest to scholars of Eastern European politics and history.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 160 x 238.8 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0415265851
  • 9780415265850

Table of contents

List of Contributors Series Editors' Preface Editors' Preface 1. Civil Society, Uncivil Society, and Contentious Politics in Post-Communist Europe Petr Kopeck 2. The Other Civil Society in Serbia: Non-Governmental Nationalism. The Case of the Serbian Resistance Movement Florain Bieber 3. The Uncivility of a Civil Society: Skinhead Youth in Hungary Laszlo Kurti 4. The Slovak National Movement - A Case of Successful Contention Darina Malova 5. Contentious Politics in Croatia: The War Veterans' Movement Sharon Fisher 6. State, Society and Protest under Post-Communism: Ukranian Miners and their Defeat Vlad Mykhnenko 7. Samoobrona: The Polish Self-Defence Movement Ania Krok-Paszkowska 8. Civil Society in the Czech Republic: Impulse 99 and Thank-You, Time To Go Vladimira Dvorakova 9. Civil Society in Post-Communist from Eastern Europe Lessons from the 'Dark Side' Cas Mudde Bibliography Index
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