Civil Society and Civility

Nina Eliasoph

in The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Civil Society and Civility

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This article explains that civil society and civility are associated with one another. It discusses the three elements of civic life which include civility, civicness, and the civic association and shows how these elements are tangled up together and rearranged in everyday citizen action. It explores some common obstacles in linking civility with civicness, particularly the roles played by inequality, diversity, conflict, and discomfort. It also examines how real civic associations manage to overcome these obstacles, making it possible for people to imagine their own everyday relationships in the light of a broader social context.

Keywords: civil society; civility; civic life; civicness; civic association; citizen action; inequality; diversity

Article.  5436 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Political Theory

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