The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

Paperback | May 22, 2013

EditorMichael Edwards

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In the past two decades, "civil society" has become a central organizing concept in the social sciences. Occupying the middle ground between the state and private life, the civil sphere encompasses everything from associations to protests to church groups to nongovernmental organizations.Interest in the topic exploded with the decline of statism in the 1980s and 1990s, and many of our current debates about politics and social policy are informed by the renewed focus on civil society. Michael Edwards, author of the most authoritative single-authored book on civil society, serves as the editor for The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society. Broadly speaking, the book views the topic through three prisms: as a part of society (voluntary associations), as a kind of society (marked out bycertain social norms), and as a space for citizen action and engagement (the public square or sphere). It does not focus solely on the West (a failing of much of the literature to date), but looks at civil society in both the developed and developing worlds. Throughout, it merges theory, practice,and empirical research in innovative ways. In sum, The Oxford Handbook on Civil Society is a definitive work on the topic.

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In the past two decades, "civil society" has become a central organizing concept in the social sciences. Occupying the middle ground between the state and private life, the civil sphere encompasses everything from associations to protests to church groups to nongovernmental organizations.Interest in the topic exploded with the decline ...

Michael Edwards is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos in New York and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester University in the UK. He is also the former Senior Advisor to World Bank on Civil Society and the former Director of the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Program.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.68 inPublished:May 22, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019933014X

ISBN - 13:9780199330140

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction1. Michael Edwards: Introduction2. John Ehrenberg: The History of Civil Society IdeasPart 2. The Forms of Civil Society3. Steven R. Smith: The Non-Profit Sector4. Alan Fowler: Development NGOs5. Frances Kunreuther: Grassroots Associations6. Donatella Della Porta and Mario Diani: Social Movements7. Alex Nicholls: Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurs8. Lisa Jordan: Global Civil SocietyPart 3. Geographical Perspectives9. Theda Skocpol: Civil Society in the United States10. Evelina Dagnino: Civil Society in Latin America11. Marc Morj Howard: Civil Society in Post-Communist Europe12. Eberhard Kienle: Civil Society in the Middle East13. Jude Howell: Civil Society in China14. Neera Chandhoke: Civil Society in India15. Ebenezer Obadare: Civil Society in Sub-Saharan AfricaPart 4. The Norms of Civil Society16. Michael Woolcook: Civil Society and Social Capital17. Clifford Bob: Civil and Uncivil Society18. Nina Eliasoph: Civil Society and Civility19. Sally Kohn: Civil Society and Equality20. Hilde Coff and Catherine Bolzendahl: Civil Society and Diversity21. Donald E. Miller: Civil Society and Religion22. Claudia Horwitz: Civil Society and SpiritualityPart 5. The Spaces of Civil Society23. Nancy L. Rosenblum and Charles H.T. Lesch: Civil Society and Government24. Mark Sidel: Civil Society and Civil Liberties25. Craig Calhoun: Civil Society and the Public Sphere26. Harry C. Boyte: Civil Society and Public Work27. Roberta G. Lentz: Civil Society in the Digital Age28. Charles Lewis: Civil Society and Public Journalism29. Peter Levine: Civic KnowledgePart 6. The Achievements of Civil Society30. Mark E. Warren: Civil Society and Democracy31. Solava Ibrahim and David Hulme: Civil Society and Poverty32. Jenny Pearce: Civil Society and Peace33. John Gaventa: Civil Society and Power34. Simon Zadek: Civil Society and the MarketPart 7. Supporting Civil Society35. William A. Schambra and Krista L. Shaffer: Civil Society and Institutional Philanthropy36. G. Albert Ruesga: Civil Society and Grassroots Philanthropy37. Omar G. Encamcian: Assisting Civil Society and Promoting Democracy38. Michael Edwards: Conclusion