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Exploring Civil Society : Political and Cultural Contexts - Marlies Glasius

Exploring Civil Society

Political and Cultural Contexts

By: Marlies Glasius (Editor), David Lewis (Editor), Hakan Seckinelgin (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 5th August 2004
ISBN: 9780415325455
Number Of Pages: 224

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The concept of civil society was reinvented in Eastern Europe and Latin America in the 1980s and has subsequently travelled to all corners of the globe, both through intellectual exchange and through the official language of donors and politicians. To some, this spread represents part of a neo-imperialist project of imposing Western hegemony. For most activists, however, civil society is not about fostering global capitalism, minimising the state or disseminating western values but about increasing the responsiveness of political institutions. It is about the radicalisation of democracy and the redistribution of political power.
This volume explores how the idea of civil society has been translated in different cultural contexts and examines its impact on politics worldwide. Comparing and contrasting civil society in Latin America and Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the United States, Africa and South Asia, and the Middle East, the contributors show that there are multiple interpretations of the concept that depend more on the particular political configuration in different parts of the world than on cultural predilections. They also demonstrate that the power of civil society depends less on abstract definitions and more on the extent to which it is grounded in the context of actual experiences from around the world.
This book includes some of the biggest names in the area such as Mary Kaldor, Ronnie Lipschutz and Helmut Anheier. There is continued and growing interest in civil society particularly in the disciplines of politics and sociology. Given the book's broad and regional focus it will also be of interest to area studies specialists and those studying development economics.

"If ideas about civil society are to survive the confusion that threatens to submerge them, we need more books like this - critical, rigorous and respectful of different voices and traditions. "Exploring Civil Society makes a timely and valuable contribution to the debate."
-Michael Edwards, Director, Governance and Civil Society, Ford Foundation and author of "Civil Society

List of contributors
Exploring Civil Society Internationally
Setting out the Argument
Putting Civil Society in its Place Bhikhu Parekh
The Problem with Civil Society or Putting Modern European History Back into Contemporary Debate
Civil Society in Multilingual Polities
In the Church of Civil Society
Owning the Concept: Latin America and Eastern Europe
Civil Society in Latin-America: Uncivil, liberal and participatory models
Collective Action or Public Participation?: Civil society and the public sphere in post transition Latin America Jenny Pearce
Civil Society in Eastern Europe: Growth without engagement
Western Europe and the United States: Rediscovering the concept
Civil Society in the United States of America: Prototype or exception? An essay on cultural self-understanding
In Paris, the Global Place Is No Longer Saint Germain des Pr┬ęs: Civil society and the French debate
Western Europe: Democratic civil society versus neo-liberalism Hilary Wainwright
Asia: Rooted or imported?
'Old' and 'New' Civil Societies in Bangladesh
Seizing Spaces, Challenging Marginalization and Claiming Voice: New trends in civil society in China
Central Asian Fragmented Civil Society: Communal and neo-liberal forms in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
Africa: Civil society as neo-colonialism?
On the evolution of civil society in Nigeria
Civil Society in South Africa
Civil Society in West Africa: Between discourse and reality
The Middle East: Civil society as emancipation?
Civil Society in Iran: Past, present and the future
Contractions of a Socio-cultural Reflex: Civil society in Turkey
Unfulfilled Aspirations: Civil society in Palestine 1993-98
The Case for Global Civil Society
Globalization and Civil Society
Global Civil Society and Global Governmentality
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ISBN: 9780415325455
ISBN-10: 0415325455
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 5th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 15.55  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1