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Civil Society.

Author: Michael Edwards
Publisher: Hoboken : Wiley, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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Civil Society has become a standard work of reference for those who seek to understand the role of voluntary citizen action. Recent global unrest has shown the importance of social movements and street protests in world politics. However, as this lucid book shows, the power that people have to shape their societies is usually channeled through day-to-day participation in voluntary associations and communities:  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Edwards, Michael.
Civil Society.
Hoboken : Wiley, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Edwards
ISBN: 9780745684291 0745684297
OCLC Number: 881570852
Description: 1 online resource (205 pages)
Contents: Cover; Dedication; Title page; Copyright page; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1: Introduction --
What's the Big Idea?; Civil society: a very brief history of an idea; The rise and rise of civil society; 2: Civil Society as Associational Life; Is there an "associational revolution" at work in the world today?; Who is "in" and who is "out"?; Organizations and ecosystems; Associational life in cross-cultural perspective; 3: Civil Society as the Good Society; Associational life and the good society; States, markets and societies that are civil; Civil society and the market; Civil society and the state. 4: Civil Society as the Public SphereWhy is the public sphere important?; Contemporary public spheres: threats and opportunities; New opportunities for strengthening public spheres; Conclusion; 5: Synthesis --
Unraveling the Civil Society Puzzle; Associational life, the public sphere and the good society; Global civil society; Conclusion: is any generalization possible?; 6: So What's to be Done?; Building the preconditions for a true civil society; Facilitating the development of a healthy associational ecosystem; Conclusion; References and Bibliography; Index.

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Civil Society has become a standard work of reference for those who seek to understand the role of voluntary citizen action. Recent global unrest has shown the importance of social movements and street protests in world politics. However, as this lucid book shows, the power that people have to shape their societies is usually channeled through day-to-day participation in voluntary associations and communities: expressions of "normal" civic life beyond the headlines. This is the underlying story of civil society. This new edition explores issues that have developed rapidly in recent years, incl.

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