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The civil sphere

Author: Jeffrey C Alexander
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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How do real individuals live together in real societies in the real world? Jeffrey Alexander's masterful work, The Civil Sphere, addresses this central paradox of modern life. Feelings for others--the solidarity that is ignored or underplayed by theories of power or self-interest--are at the heart of this novel inquiry into the meeting place between normative theories of what we think we should do and empirical  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey C Alexander
ISBN: 0195162501 9780195162509
OCLC Number: 61703924
Description: xix, 793 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Possibilities of justice --
Real civil societies : dilemmas of institutionalization --
Bringing democracy back in : realism, morality, solidarity --
Discourses : liberty and repression --
Communicative institutions : public opinion, mass media, polls, associations --
Regulative institutions (1) : voting, parties, office --
Regulative institutions (2) : the civil force of law --
Contradictions : uncivilizing pressures and civil repair --
Social movements as civil translations --
Gender and civil repair : the long and winding road through m/otherhood --
Race and civil repair (1) : duality and the creation of a black civil society --
Race and civil repair (2) : the civil rights movement and communicative solidarity --
Race and civil repair (3) : civil trauma and the tightening spiral of communication and regulation --
Race and civil repair (4) : regulatory reform and ritualization --
Integration between difference and solidarity --
Encounters with the other --
The three pathways to incorporation --
The Jewish question : anti-semitism and the failure of assimilation --
Answering the Jewish question in America : before and after the Holocaust --
Conclusion : civil society as a project.
Responsibility: Jeffrey C. Alexander.
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Societies are not governed only by power and self-interest. What then does make societies function? How do real individuals live together in real societies in the real world? This work addresses this  Read more...

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