Civil Society and Democracy in Africa: Critical Perspectives [NOOK Book]

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This book provides a careful and broad critique of the conventional wisdom in applying the concept of civil society to politics in sub-Saharan Africa, and particularly to democratisation. It examines the ideological roots of the conventional concept, the reasons for the failure of civil society actors, such as the churches, to play their expected roles, the exclusion of marginalised actors, the inability of civil society organisations to act independently of the state and the failure of civil society to ...
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Civil Society and Democracy in Africa: Critical Perspectives

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Overview

This book provides a careful and broad critique of the conventional wisdom in applying the concept of civil society to politics in sub-Saharan Africa, and particularly to democratisation. It examines the ideological roots of the conventional concept, the reasons for the failure of civil society actors, such as the churches, to play their expected roles, the exclusion of marginalised actors, the inability of civil society organisations to act independently of the state and the failure of civil society to contribute effectively to democratising the African state.
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Provides a careful and broad critique of the conventional wisdom in applying the concept of civil society to politics in sub-Saharan Africa, and particularly to democratization. Examines the ideological roots of the conventional concept, reasons for failure of civil society actors to play their expected roles, the inability of civil society organizations to act independently of the state, and the failure of civil society to contribute to democratizing the African state. This group of studies first appeared in a special issue of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, vol. 36, no. 2, July 1998. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136323119
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

The Conventional Notion of Civil Society: A Critique 1
Uncivil Society, Capitalism and the State in Africa 21
The Social Power of Religious Organisation and Civil Society: The Catholic Church in Uganda 54
Expanding 'Civil Society': Women and Political Space in Contemporary Uganda 84
Politics, Capital and the State in Sub-Saharan Africa 108
Civil Society, the State and Democracy in Africa 123
Index 150
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