Civil Society and Spirituality

Claudia Horwitz

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 Spirituality

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This article explores the neglected terrain of spirituality and civil society and argues that the spiritual character of much civil society action should be placed at the center of the analysis. It considers the resources that spirituality provides citizens and activists so that they can be more effective in their civic activities in both in associational life and in their interactions in the public sphere. It contends that spirituality lies at the core of what makes civil society possible because it strengthens the organizations that construct it, permeates the arenas that sustain it and inspires the search for civil society itself.

Keywords: spirituality; civil society; associational life; public sphere; citizens; activists

Article.  5631 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Public Administration

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