Real Civil Societies: Dilemmas of Institutionalization

Real Civil Societies: Dilemmas of Institutionalization


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Real Civil Societies: Dilemmas of Institutionalization by Jeffrey Alexander, International Sociological Association Staff

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)

About the Author

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

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