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Civil Society

Michael E. Meeker

in A Nation of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520225268
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225268.003.0011
Civil Society

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This chapter examines cooperatives and coffeehouses during the 1960s as a case study of the flexible relationship between official institutions and social relations, first viewing coffeehouses as forums of public life, but stating that they were once the instruments of the regional social oligarchy of the post-classical period. Next, it discusses the hierarchy of gender and of age, as seen in coffeehouses, and compares the coffeehouses of the New Republic with those of the Old Republic. The second part of the chapter focuses on the cooperatives, specifically the Tea Producers' Assistance Cooperative.

Keywords: cooperatives; coffeehouses; official institutions; social relations; public life; regional social oligarchy; hierarchy; Tea Producers' Assistance

Chapter.  13151 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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