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The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

Edited by Michael Edwards

Volume 1, issue Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195398571
Published online May 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398571.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

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In the past two decades, “civil society” has become a central organizing concept in the social sciences. Occupying the middle ground between the state and private life, the civil sphere encompasses everything from associations to protests to church groups to nongovernmental organizations. Interest in the topic exploded with the decline of statism in the 1980s and 1990s, and many of our current debates about politics and social policy are informed by the renewed focus on civil society. Broadly speaking, The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society views the topic through three prisms: as a part of society (voluntary associations), as a kind of society (marked out by certain social norms), and as a space for citizen action and engagement (the public square or sphere). It does not focus solely on the West (a failing of much of the literature to date), but looks at civil society in both the developed and developing worlds. Throughout, it merges theory, practice, and empirical research.

Keywords: social sciences; statism; politics; social policy; voluntary associations; citizen action; citizen engagement; public; developed world; developing world

Book.  552 pages. 

Subjects: Politics

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The History of Civil Society Ideas in The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

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Grassroots Associations in The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

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