Global Civil Society? / Edition 1

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Overview

John Keane tracks the recent development of a powerful big idea - global civil society. Keane explores the jumble of contradictory forces currently nurturing or threatening its growth, and shows how talk of global civil society implies a political vision of a less violent world founded on legally sanctioned power-sharing arrangements among many different and intermingling forms of socio-economic life. Keane's reflections are pitted against the widespread feeling that the world is both too complex or too violent and crazy to deserve serious reflection. His account borrows from various scholarly disciplines, including political science and international relations, to challenge the normative silence and confusion within much of the contemporary literature on globalisation and global governance. Against fears of terrorism, rising tides of xenophobia, and loose talk of 'anti-globalisation', the defence of global civil society mounted here implies the need for new democratic ways of living - and for brand-new democratic thinking about such planetary matters as global markets, uncivil war, university life, and government with a global reach.
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"The book contains...brilliant thoughts that make reading it worthwhile...The major strength of Keane's book is the profound learnedness and academic confidence its chapters convey to the reader." Helmut K. Anheier, University of California, Los Angeles, and the London School of Economics, American Journal of Sociology

"The most learned, erudite, and encompassing book on the global civil society, of this century." Amitai Etzioni, Author of The New Golden Rule

"John Keane's book is an imaginative and productive experiment in contemporary democratic thinking. It is challenging and provocative, and it provides structured orientation in a wide, confusing and unsettled field." Hans-Jurgen Puhle, University of Frankfurt

"John Keane has applied his sharp intellect and moral commitments to a topic of political importance but persistent conceptual confusion to produce a book of forceful clarity and coherence. A sparkling contribution to contemporary political thought." Bryan Turner, University of Cambridge

"This book is an invaluable contribution to a subject of increasing significance in the 21st century. Highly recommended." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521894623
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Contemporary Political Theory Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Unfamiliar words; 2. Catalysts; 3. Cosmocracy; 4. Paradise on Earth?; 5. Ethics across borders; 6. Further reading.
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