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Civil society and political theory

Author: Jean L Cohen; Andrew Arato
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1992.
Series: Studies in contemporary German social thought.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this major contribution to contemporary political theory, Jean Cohen and Andrew Arato argue that the concept of civil society articulates a contested terrain in the West that could become a primary locus for the expansion of democracy and rights. In recent years, "civil society" has become the catchall term used to invoke everything that totalitarian governments suppress, yet it has a curiously ambiguous status  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jean L Cohen; Andrew Arato
ISBN: 0262031779 9780262031776 0262531216 9780262531214
OCLC Number: 22422415
Description: xxi, 771 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Contemporary revival of civil society --
Conceptual history and theoretical synthesis --
Theoretical development in the twentieth century --
The Normative critique: Hannah Arendt --
The Historicist critique: Carl Schmitt, Reinhart Koselleck, and Jürgen Habermas --
The Genealogical critique: Michel Foucault --
The Systems-theoretic critique: Niklas Luhmann --
Discourse ethics and civil society --
Social theory and civil society --
Social movements and civil society --
Civil disobedience and civil society.
Series Title: Studies in contemporary German social thought.
Responsibility: Jean L. Cohen and Andrew Arato.

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In this first serious work on the theory of civil society to appear in many years, Jean Cohen and Andrew Arato contend that the concept of civil society articulates a contested terrain in the West  Read more...

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