Civil Society and Diversity

Hilde Coffé and Catherine Bolzendahl

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 Diversity

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This article examines how civil society is related to the issue of diversity. It provides an overview of the different meanings and practices of citizenship and highlights how and why diverse social groups may have varying patterns of civic and political participation in both quantitative and qualitative terms. It illustrates the importance of diversity across practices, meanings, and memberships through the lens of gender as the primary form of social difference in all societies. It shows how a properly gendered analysis of civil society can reveal how and why women may be pressured to focus their participation on civil rather than political society, and around certain forms of associational life.

Keywords: civil society; diversity; citizenship; diverse social groups; civic participation; political participation; gender; social difference; political society; associational life

Article.  5660 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Political Theory

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