- Mary Robinson
'These annual volumes have themselves become an occasion for enacting global civil society: each Yearbook is a project that involves hundreds of people around the world in various ways… and they often fight it out around divergent understandings of critical issues. This volume enters the extreme zones we face today - the growing injustices which increasingly are only addressed by global civil society actors, but also the powerful innovations brought about by new technologies that can construct whole new global spaces for global civil society'
- Saskia Sassen
'It is increasingly difficult to recall memorable analyses of international social movements before GCS. But after half a decade each annual issue is not only a magnum opus but is also definitive, distinctive & comparative. The study of global civil society can never be the same!'
- Timothy M Shaw, Professor of Commonwealth Governance & Development & Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
The annual Global Civil Society Yearbooks provide an indispensable guide to global civil society or civic participation and action around the world. Each yearbook includes commissioned contributions from leading commentators across the social sciences on the latest issues and developments. Each yearbook also explores and presents the latest approaches to measuring and analyzing global civil society and provides a chronology of key global civil society events in the year.
The 2005/6 Yearbook explores the role of gender in global civil society and investigates the core issues of labour migration, climate change and UN reform. In part three, contributions consider the impact of social forums and wireless technology, as well as reviewing the discussion of networks from the 2004/5 Yearbook.
Illustrated throughout with summaries, maps, figures, tables and photographs and encompassing regular features such as updates on previous editions and the annual data reports, the Global Civil Society Yearbook remains the standard work on all aspects of contemporary global civil society for activists, practitioners, students and academics alike. It is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the key actors, forms and manifestations of global civil society around the world today.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction Marlies Glasius, Mary Kaldor and Helmut AnheierPART ONE: CONCEPTS OF GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETYGender and Civil Society - Jude HowellThe World Social Forum - Chico Whitaker, Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Bernard Cassen Where Do We Stand and Where Are We Going?PART TWO: ISSUES IN GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETYClimate for Change? Civil Society and the Politics of Global Warming - Peter NewellThe Movement of Labour and Global Civil Society - Meghnad Desai with Fiona Holland and Mary KaldorReforming the United Nations - Richard Falk Global Civil Society Perspectives and InitiativesPART THREE: INFRASTRUCTURE OF GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETYSocial Forums - Marlies Glasius and Jill Timms Radical Beacon or Strategic Infrastructure?Global Connectedness - Hagai Katz and Helmut Anheier The Structure of Transnational NGO NetworksElectronic Communication and Socio-Political Mobilization - Manuel Castells et al A New Form of Civil SocietyPART FOUR: RECORDS OF GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETYLearning from History? Comparative Historical Methods and Researching Global Civil Society - Helmut Anheier and Hagai Katz