Civil Society: Democratic Perspectives

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Overview

This volume examines the idea of civil society in its historical and contemporary dimensions. It provides a comprehensive and critical mapping of the idea, the burden of expectation that it has carried, and the intellectual and political dimensions that surround it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714647623
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/30/1997
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Understanding Civil Society: A Preface 1
Civil Society Theory, Enlightenment and Critique 7
Civic or Commercial? Adam Ferguson's Concept of Civil Society 29
The Politics of the Division of Labour: Smith and Hegel on Civil Society 49
The Emergence of the Idea of Civil Society: The Artificial Political Order and the Natural Social Orders 63
Market Economy and Democratic Polity 76
Bowling in the Bronx: The Uncivil Interstices between Civil and Political Society 94
Civil Society or Constitutional Patriotism? 115
Myths from Eastern Europe and the Legend of the West 132
Learning to be a Citizen: Cognitive and Ethical Aspects of Post-communist Society Transformation 145
Civil Society: A Select Bibliography 161
Notes on Contributors 168
Index 169
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