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- DescriptionVirginia Hodgkinson and Michael Foley have assembled a definitive collection of 24 readings from the writings of thinkers who have shaped the civil society tradition in Western political thought through the ages. Their clear, intelligent introduction establishes a framework for understanding the complex and perennial debate over conditions of citizenship and the character of the good society. The text moves from the origins of the debate, a consideration of Aristotle s vision of political order, the polis, through the civic republicanism of Machiavelli and his English and American followers. It also discusses Hobbes s and Montesquieu s conceptions of natural law and the social contract, Immanuel Kant and Adam Ferguson and the emergence of the modern tion of civil society in the late 18th century, and the thoughts and theories of Hegel, Marx, and Gramsci. Contemporary discussion of civil society in the US started with Berger, Newhaus, and others who addressed the role of intermediary institutions and the political process. In the 1980s, especially as the Cold War ended, writing on civil society exploded. The anthology tracks the key works that have influenced public dialogue in this era. Chapters by Walzer, Barber, Putnam, Almond and Verba, Shils, and others describe the role of association in civil society and its role in democratic governance. As the concept of civil society grows ever more prominent in academic and public considerations of politics and political organization, citizen participation, political alienation, voluntary organizations, privatization, government deregulation, and faith-based charities, Civil Society: A Reader is the essential historical and theoretical text.
- Author BiographyVIRGINIA HODGKINSON, Research Professor at Georgetown Public Policy Institute, is a board member and consultant to many nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations worldwide. She is coauthor of Giving and Volunteering in the United States (1996) and the Nonprofit Almanac (1996 1997), and coeditor of Measuring the Impact of the Nonprofit Sector (2001) and Care and Community in the Private Sector (1995). MICHAEL W. FOLEY is Associate Professor of Politics and Member of the Life Cycle Institute at Catholic University of America. He has published widely on democracy, development, and grassroots politics in scholarly journals, and is coeditor of Beyond Tocqueville: Civil Society and the Social Capital Debate in Comparative Perspective (UPNE, 2001).
- PublisherUniversity Press of New England
- Date of Publication30/11/2002
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleCivil Society S.
- Place of PublicationHanover
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTufts University
- Weight553 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Edited byM.W. Foley,Virginia A. Hodgkinson
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