Although many contemporary scholars have deepened our understanding of civil society through critiquing the limits of civil society discourse or seeking to offer empirical analyses of existing civil societies, none have attempted anything as bold or original as Jeffrey C. Alexander's 2006 book, The Civil Sphere. While consciously building on a three-centuries-long tradition of thought on the subject, Alexander has broken new ground by articulating a detailed theoretical framework that differs from the two major perspectives which have heretofore shaped civil society discourse. In so doing, he has sought to construct a model of what he calls the civil sphere, which he treats in Durkheimian fashion as a new social fact.
In Solidarity, Justice, and Incorporation: Thinking through The Civil Sphere, six internationally recognized scholars comment on Alexander's civil sphere thesis. Robert Bellah, Bryan S. Turner, and Axel Honneth consider the work as a whole, while Mario Diani, Chad Alan Goldberg, and Farhad Khosrokhavar offer analyses of specific aspects of the civil sphere. In their substantive introduction, Peter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino locate the civil sphere thesis in terms of Alexander's larger theoretical arc as it has shifted from neo-functionalism to cultural sociology. Alexander's concluding essay responds to their analyses by clarifying and elaborating on issues in the text while simultaneously addressing recurring misunderstandings of the thesis.
Comprehensive and insightful, Solidarity, Justice, and Incorporation is an essential companion to The Civil Sphere. This compelling volume is a valuable resource for students and scholars of sociology, political science, and social philosophy.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Peter Kivisto is the Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought at Augustana College and currently Research Fellow at both the University of Helsinki and University of Trento.
Giuseppe Sciortino is Professor of Sociology at the University of Trento and a Faculty Fellow at Yale University's Center for Cultural Sociology.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Introduction: Thinking Through the Civil Sphere, Peter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino
Chapter 1: Religiong and the Civil Sphere: A Global Perspective, Robert Bellah
Chapter 2: Civil Sphere and Political Performance: Critical Reflections on Jeffrey C. Alexander's Cultural Sociology, Bryan S. Turner
Chapter 3: Civil Society as a Democratic Battlefield: Comments on Jeffrey C. Alexander's The Civil Sphere, Axel Honneth
Chapter 4: Social Movements, Civil Repair, and Social Movement Theory, Mario Diani
Chapter 5: The Jewish Question and the Civil Sphere, Chad Alan Goldberg
Chapter 6: The Civil Sphere and the Arab Spring: On the Universality of Civil Society, Farhad Khosrokhavar
Chapter 7: Nine Theses on the Civil Sphere, Jeffrey C. Alexander