Civil Society and Gender Justice : Historical and Comparative Perspectives

Civil Society and Gender Justice : Historical and Comparative Perspectives

by Karen Hagemann
     
 

Civil society and civic engagement have increasingly become topics of discussion at the national and international level. The editors of this volume ask, does the concept of “civil society” include gender equality and gender justice? Or, to frame the question differently, is civil society a feminist concept? Conversely, does feminism need the concept

Overview

Civil society and civic engagement have increasingly become topics of discussion at the national and international level. The editors of this volume ask, does the concept of “civil society” include gender equality and gender justice? Or, to frame the question differently, is civil society a feminist concept? Conversely, does feminism need the concept of civil society?

This important volume offers both a revised gendered history of civil society and a program for making it more egalitarian in the future. An interdisciplinary group of internationally known authors investigates the relationship between public and private in the discourses and practices of civil societies; the significance of the family for the project of civil society; the relation between civil society, the state, and different forms of citizenship; and the complex connection between civil society, gendered forms of protest and nongovernmental movements. While often critical of historical instantiations of civil society, all the authors nonetheless take seriously the potential inherent in civil society, particularly as it comes to influence global politics. They demand, however, an expansion of both the concept and project of civil society in order to make its political opportunities available to all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845454371
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
European Civil Society , #4
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Karen Hagemann is James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on modernGerman and European history and gender history, in particular the history of labor, welfare, and education; the women¹s movements; and the nation, military, and war.

Sonya Michel is Professor of History and Director of the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on modern American history, in particular the history of women, men, gender, and sexuality, and on the history of social policy in the US and in comparative perspective.

Gunilla Budde is Professor of Modern German and European History at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Her research focuses on the history of the European middle classes, gender history, history of the German Democratic Republic, political scandals, and music and politics in history.

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