Civil Society, Conflict and Violence [NOOK Book]

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This book looks at the role that civil society organizations play in dealing with conflict and violence. The authors argue that in most of the prevalent conceptualizations the conflict dimension of civil society is either downplayed or inadequately addressed. They contend that the ability to deal with conflict is at the heart of organized civil society; in the political process, one of civil society's key functions is to express and mediate ...
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Overview

This book looks at the role that civil society organizations play in dealing with conflict and violence. The authors argue that in most of the prevalent conceptualizations the conflict dimension of civil society is either downplayed or inadequately addressed. They contend that the ability to deal with conflict is at the heart of organized civil society; in the political process, one of civil society's key functions is to express and mediate between different interests, thus contributing to political decision-making.

The chapters draw on detailed, empirical data from the CIVICUS Civil Society Index - a unique comparative data-set drawn from 25 countries, which has not previously been made publicly available. It examines the different ways violence has been manifested in civil societies, the meaning of violent protest and the impact of security legislation that might hinder the mediating efforts of civil society. The book offers a sophisticated comparison between conflict and post-conflict countries and an analysis of the role of civil society in conflict resolution, reconciliation and transitional justice.
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Meet the Author

Regina List is Research Associate at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and the Centre for Social Investment (CSI) at the University of Heidelberg and Managing Editor of the Journal of Civil Society. Wolfgang Dörner is part of the team developing the Civil Society Index Programme at CIVICUS. He is completing a PhD at the University of Siena, where he also teaches on civil society within the political science department and consults on social policy. Prior to entering academic life he was a social worker in Germany and Italy and worked with a programme promoting democracy through the support of civil society organizations in Papua New Guinea.

Regina List is Research Associate at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and the Centre for Social Investment (CSI) at the University of Heidelberg and Managing Editor of the Journal of Civil Society. Wolfgang Dörner is part of the team developing the Civil Society Index Programme at CIVICUS. He is completing a PhD at the University of Siena, where he also teaches on civil society within the political science department and consults on social policy. Prior to entering academic life he was a social worker in Germany and Italy and worked with a programme promoting democracy through the support of civil society organizations in Papua New Guinea.

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Table of Contents

Series Introduction - Michael Hoelscher and Lorenzo Fioramonti
Foreword - Ingrid Srinath, Secretary General, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
List of tables AND FIGURES
Chapter 1. Civil Society, Conflict and Violence: An Introduction - Wolfgang Dörner and Regina A List
Chapter 2. Measuring Civil Society Globally with the CSI - Michael Hoelscher and Thomas Laux
Chapter 3. Exploring Civil Society in Conflict and Post-Conflict Countries: A Continuum to Peace - Tracy Anderson
Chapter 4. An Exploratory Analysis of Civil Society and Transitional Justice - Tricia D Olsen, Leigh A Payne and Andrew G Reiter
Chapter 5. Civil society, Conflict Resolution and Post-conflict Reconstruction in Kosovo and Liberia
- David Kode
Chapter 6. The Law, Security and Civil Society Freedoms - Brett J Kyle and Mandeep S Tiwana
Chapter 7. Violence in Civil Society: Insights from the CIVICUS Civil Society Index Databases - Anaël Labigne and Anne Nassauer
Chapter 8. Conclusion - Wolfgang Dörner and Regina A List
NO Glossary
Appendices
Index

About the authors and editors

Tracy Anderson, at the time of writing, was a Research Officer for CIVICUS and worked on the CSI project 2008-2011 phase.
Wolfgang Dörner is an independent consultant and is finishing his PhD at the Centre for the Study of Political Change (CIRCaP), Faculty of Political Science, University of Siena, Italy.
Michael Hoelscher (PhD, FU Berlin) is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and at the Centre for Social Investment, University of Heidelberg, Germany, and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK.
David E Kode is a Policy Officer at CIVICUS and a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Africa's International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa..
Brett J Kyle is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Anaël Labigne is a PhD candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS), Germany and has been visiting scholar at Columbia University, USA in 2010/11.
Thomas Laux is a PhD candidate and member of the PhD Programme 'Boundaries of Civil Society' at the Max Weber Institute of Sociology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Regina A. List is a researcher, writer and editor, working independently and with the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany.
Anne Nassauer is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences and at the Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
Tricia D Olsen is an Assistant Professor of Business Ethics and Legal Studies at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, USA.
Leigh A Payne is Professor of Sociology and Latin America at the University of Oxford, UK and a Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, USA. Andrew G Reiter is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA.
Mandeep Tiwana is the Policy Manager at CIVICUS.
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