The Civil Sphere / Edition 1

The Civil Sphere / Edition 1

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by Jeffrey C. Alexander
     
 


What binds societies together and how can these social orders be structured in a fair way? Jeffrey C. Alexander's masterful work, The Civil Sphere, addresses this central paradox of modern life. Feelings for others--the solidarity that is ignored or underplayed by theories of power or self-interest--are at the heart of this novel inquiry into the meetingSee more details below

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What binds societies together and how can these social orders be structured in a fair way? Jeffrey C. Alexander's masterful work, The Civil Sphere, addresses this central paradox of modern life. Feelings for others--the solidarity that is ignored or underplayed by theories of power or self-interest--are at the heart of this novel inquiry into the meeting place between normative theories of what we think we should do and empirical studies of who we actually are. Solidarity, Alexander demonstrates, creates inclusive and exclusive social structures and shows how they can be repaired. It is not perfect, it is not absolute, and the horrors which occur in its lapses have been seen all too frequently in the forms of discrimination, genocide, and war. Despite its worldly flaws and contradictions, however, solidarity and the project of civil society remain our best hope: the antidote to every divisive institution, every unfair distribution, every abusive and dominating hierarchy. This grand, sweeping statement and rigorous empirical investigation is a major contribution to our thinking about the real but ideal world in which we all reside.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195162509
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/03/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
816
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Possibilities of justice13
2Real civil societies : dilemmas of institutionalization23
3Bringing democracy back in : realism, morality, solidarity37
4Discourses : liberty and repression53
5Communicative institutions : public opinion, mass media, polls, associations69
6Regulative institutions (1) : voting, parties, office107
7Regulative institutions (2) : the civil force of law151
8Contradictions : uncivilizing pressures and civil repair193
9Social movements as civil translations213
10Gender and civil repair : the long and winding road through m/otherhood235
11Race and civil repair (1) : duality and the creation of a black civil society265
12Race and civil repair (2) : the civil rights movement and communicative solidarity293
13Race and civil repair (3) : civil trauma and the tightening spiral of communication and regulation317
14Race and civil repair (4) : regulatory reform and ritualization359
15Integration between difference and solidarity395
16Encounters with the other409
17The three pathways to incorporation425
18The Jewish question : anti-Semitism and the failure of assimilation459
19Answering the Jewish question in America : before and after the Holocaust503
20Conclusion : civil society as a project549

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