Solidarity, Justice, and Incorporation: Thinking through The Civil Sphere

Hardcover | May 14, 2015

EditorPeter Kivisto, Giuseppe Sciortino

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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 2006book, 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 sodoing, 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 FarhadKhosrokhavar 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'sconcluding 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.

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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 2006book, The Civil Sphere. While consciously buildi...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 0.91 inPublished:May 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsPeter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino: Introduction: Thinking Through the Civil Sphere1. Robert Bellah: Religiong and the Civil Sphere: A Global Perspective2. Bryan S. Turner: Civil Sphere and Political Performance: Critical Reflections on Jeffrey C. Alexander's Cultural Sociology3. Axel Honneth: Civil Society as a Democratic Battlefield: Comments on Jeffrey C. Alexander's The Civil Sphere4. Mario Diani: Social Movements, Civil Repair, and Social Movement Theory5. Chad Alan Goldberg: The Jewish Question and the Civil Sphere6. Farhad Khosrokhavar: The Civil Sphere and the Arab Spring: On the Universality of Civil Society7. Jeffrey C. Alexander: Nine Theses on the Civil SphereNotesIndex

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"This superb new volume of essays reminds us that social solidarities and popular participation are aspirational goals, not settled accomplishments, and have the potential for moral inclusiveness only in a third autonomous sphere of civil society. A consequential set of reflections on anenormously consequential work of original social theory that will serve as a touchstone of critical theory for the foreseeable future." --Margaret R. Somers, Professor of Sociology and History, University of Michigan