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Civil Society in Theory and Practice

Nathan J. Brown

in Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520237629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520237629.003.0005
Civil Society in Theory and Practice

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Associational life presented the best possibilities for a new kind of politics in the Arab world for many Palestinians and non-Palestinians. Most proficient associations had yet to consolidate into single bodies nine years after the Oslo Accords agreement. Associational life, NGOs, and civil society have also received a large amount of attention from scholars in the recent years. This substantial body of scholarly writing equips the readers far less well to examine associational life—at least in the Palestinian setting, though perhaps elsewhere—than should be expected. This chapter however opens a contemplation of those approaches that will lead the readers to understand Palestinian civil society more broadly. The task will also guide them to consider the insights provided by civil society as far more malleable as theorists expect.

Keywords: associational life; Arab world; Oslo; theorists; non-Palestinians

Chapter.  22686 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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