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Civil Society: The Critical History of an Idea

John Ehrenberg
Format
Book
Published
New York : New York University Press, [2017]
Edition
Second edition
Language
English
ISBN
9781479896714, 1479896713, 9781479891603, 1479891606
Summary
"Provides a comprehensive discussion and analysis of two and a half millennia of Western political theory, as well as what the future may hold for how civil society might be understood. John Ehrenberg analyzes both the usefulness and the limitations of civil society and maps the political and theoretical evolution of the concept and its employment in academic and public discourse. From Aristotle and the Enlightenment philosophers to Black Lives Matter and the Occupy movement, the book provides an indispensable analysis of the possibilities of what this increasingly important idea can, and cannot, offer to contemporary political affairs."--Page [4] of cover.
Contents
  • Introduction: Inequality and Democracy's Uncertain Future
  • part I. The Origins of Civil Society; 1. Civil Society and the Classical Heritage; The Danger of Private Interest; The Mixed Polity; Civil Society and the Res Publica; 2. Civil Society and the Christian Commonwealth; Pride, Faith, and the State; The Christian Commonwealth; Early Fractures; 3. Civil Society and the Transition to Modernity; Virtue and Power; Civil Society and the Liberated Conscience; Sovereignty, Interest, and Civil Society
  • part II. Civil Society and Modernity; 4. Civil Society and the Rise of "Economic Man"Rights, Law, and Protected Spheres; The Moral Foundations of Civil Society; The Emergence of Bourgeois Civil Society; 5. Civil Society and the State; Civil Society and the Ethical Commonwealth; The "Giant Broom"; The "System of Needs"; The Politics of Social Revolution; 6. Civil Society and Intermediate Organizations; The Aristocratic Republic; Civil Society and Community; The Customs of Civil Society; American Lessons
  • part III. Civil Society in Contemporary Life; 7. Civil Society and the Crisis of Communism; Antistatism and Totalitarianism; Socialist Civil SocietyReaching the Limits; Global Civil Society; 8. Civil Society and the United States; Factions, Pluralism, and the Market Model; Hegemony and the Commodified Public Sphere; Strategies of Renewal
  • Conclusion: Pessimism, Activism, and Political Revival
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author
Description
viii, 333 pages ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-325) and index.
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