Introduction: cities and civil society / John Keane -- Civil society in historical perspective / Jürgen Kocka -- Corporate responsibility and historical injustice / Susanne-Sophia Spiliotis -- The faces of social inequality / Paul Nolte -- Civil society: desperate wishful thinking? / Herfried Münkler -- Transformations of German civil society: milieu change and community spirit / Hans Joas and Frank Adloff -- Civility, violence and civil society / Sven Reichardt -- Is there, or can there be, a 'European society'? / Claus Offe -- Social movements challenging neoliberal globalization / Dieter Rucht -- Entangled histories: civil society, caste solidarities and legal pluralism in post-colonial India / Shalini Randeria -- The temptations of unfreedom: Erasmus intellectuals in the age of totalitarianism / Ralf Dahrendorf -- Notes on contributors
CIVIL SOCIETY HAS BECOME VERY IMPORTANT--A PREQUISITE FOR DEVELOPING A HEALTHY POLITY AND VIBRANT ECONOMY. THIS ARTICLE CAUTIONS THAT TOO MUCH OF THE WRONG KIND CAN ACTUALLY WEAKEN DEMOCRACY AND PRODUCE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC GRIDLOCK. IT QUESTIONS THE USEFULNESS OF NGOS AND ARGUES THAT CIVIL SOCIETY REALISM SHOULD NOT BE A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS.
This volume of especially commissioned essays explains what is meant by ""civil society"", paying particular attention to the relationships between civil society and other social forces such as nationalism and populism.
Many of the thousands of Russians who protested against the Soviet system in 1990/91 are still around. In 2001, there were an estimated 200,000 nongovernmental organizations. However, like the civil society in general, they are contributing little to consolidate democracy. Questioned here is whether the public even constitutes a civil society, so little do they do to develop democratic institutions. This chapter analyzes the development of both Soviet & post-Soviet society in terms of their demonstration of independence from as opposed to obedience to the state. It is argued that, like political parties, they do not have a cultural precedent for civic action, nor do they have sufficient economic resources, since post-Soviet economic development in Russia has benefited only a few, who have no reason to change the status quo. The history of what might be called Russia's civil society is traced, & possibilities for change are suggested. J. Stanton
democratic perspectives ; [essays first presented at a conference on 'The Emergence of a Civil Society: a Precondition or a Problem for Democracy?', organized by the Centre for Studies in Democratisation, University of Warwick, 1996]
In this book, John Keane examines the causes of the worldwide re-popularisation of the term 'civil society'. The text traces its reappearance in a range of contexts and attempts to clarify the conflicting grammars and vocabularies of its language.