Civil and Uncivil Society

Clifford Bob

in The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195398571
Published online May 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Civil and Uncivil Society

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This article analyzes the concept of the so-called uncivil society. It argues that the concept of uncivil society should be strangled in the crib because in its various guises, it contributes to needless conceptual proliferation while adding little of analytic value. It explores the different meanings of uncivil society and suggests that they are related to the three primary ways in which civil society is defined: as associational life, the good society and the public sphere. It also explains the organizational, the normative, and the tactical definitions of uncivil society.

Keywords: uncivil society; conceptual proliferation; analytic value; civil society; associational life; good society; public sphere

Article.  5079 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Politics and Law

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