The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

by Michael Edwards
     
 

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In the past two decades,'civil society' has become a central organizing concept in the social sciences. Occupying the middle ground between the state and private life, the civil sphere encompasses everything from associations to protests to church groups to nongovernmental organizations. Interest in the topic exploded with the decline of statism in the 1980s and… See more details below

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In the past two decades,'civil society' has become a central organizing concept in the social sciences. Occupying the middle ground between the state and private life, the civil sphere encompasses everything from associations to protests to church groups to nongovernmental organizations. Interest in the topic exploded with the decline of statism in the 1980s and 1990s, and many of our current debates about politics and social policy are informed by the renewed focus on civil society. Michael Edwards, author of the most authoritative single-authored book on civil society, serves as the editor for The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society. Broadly speaking, the book views the topic through three prisms: as a part of society (voluntary associations), as a kind of society (marked out by certain social norms), and as a space for citizen action and engagement (the public square or sphere). It does not focus solely on the West (a failing of much of the literature to date), but looks at civil society in both the developed and developing worlds. Throughout, it merges theory, practice, and empirical research in innovative ways. In sum, The Oxford Handbook on Civil Society is a definitive work on the topic.

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"The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society presents a kaleidoscope of views...The entries are concise and well-written, focusing on major issues of contention in academic debate, thus providing ideal readings for classes and for introduction to the topic."--Choice

"Spectacularly readable...Michael Edwards, its editor, has taken on the daunting task over the past few decades of actually trying to understand one of the slipperiest ideas social scientists and philosophers have employed over the past few centuries. Edwards has written clearly on the subject, has funded research and action to enhance this understanding, and in this volume, calls upon a talented network of his colleagues to illuminate the civil society concept in a remarkable display of good sense and intellectual persuasion."--Voluntas

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199330140
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
534
Sales rank:
1,351,083
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(d)

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