Real Civil Societies: Dilemmas of Institutionalization

Real Civil Societies: Dilemmas of Institutionalization

by Jeffrey Alexander, International Sociological Association Staff
     
 

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In recent social and political theory the term 'civil society' has achieved renewed currency. Traditionally used in a normative or 'ideal-type' sense, the term describes a form of social organization - that is simply neither economic nor political - where democracy, liberty and widespread solidarity are essential regulatory concepts.

Written from an empirical

Overview

In recent social and political theory the term 'civil society' has achieved renewed currency. Traditionally used in a normative or 'ideal-type' sense, the term describes a form of social organization - that is simply neither economic nor political - where democracy, liberty and widespread solidarity are essential regulatory concepts.

Written from an empirical social-science perspective by some of the world's most important social theorists, this volume is a critical examination of the normative sense of 'civil society'. It includes analyses of civil society and democracy, citizenship, race and ethnicity, and post-communism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761958215
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/18/1998
Series:
SAGE Studies in International Sociology Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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Jeffrey Alexander is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles

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