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Studies on Civil Society
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Edited by John Keane
276 pages, index
ISBN 978-1-84545-064-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (August 2006)
ISBN 978-1-84545-357-2 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (September 2007)
eISBN 978-0-85745-698-4 eBook
At the moment, no other European city attracts so much fascination as the city of Berlin. An unrivalled symbol of modern urban life, Berlin is a dynamic city whose inhabitants, in the course of the past two centuries, have lived through both the rapid growth and the violent destruction of the institutions of civil society, several times over. This volume situates itself within these developments by presenting, for the first time in English, a sample of the best, recently written essays on contemporary civil societies, their structural problems, and their uncertain future, written by scholars with a close, long-standing relationship with the city. They are pre-occupied with a broad sweep of substantive themes, but in each case they focus upon one or other of the key trends that are shaping actually existing civil societies.
John Keane is founder of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Professor of Politics at the University of Westminster and Research Professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). Born in Australia and educated at the universities of Adelaide, Toronto and Cambridge, he is a frequent contributor to media around the world. He is the author of Global Civil Society? (2003) and Violence and Democracy (2004) and is currently preparing a full-scale history of democracy - the first for over a century.
Subject: General Cultural Studies
Area: Europe Germany
Dieter Gosewinkel and Jürgen Kocka
Introduction: Cities and Civil Society
Chapter 1. Civil Society in Historical Perspective
Chapter 2. Corporate Responsibility and Historical Injustice
Chapter 3. The Faces of Social Inequality
Chapter 4. Civil Society: Desperate Wishful Thinking?
Chapter 5. Transformations of German Civil Society: Milieu Change and Community Spirit
Hans Joas and Frank Adloff
Chapter 6. Civility, Violence and Civil Society
Chapter 7. Is There, or Can There Be, a ‘European Society’?
Chapter 8. Social Movements Challenging Neoliberal Globalization
Chapter 9. Entangled Histories: Civil Society, Caste Solidarities and Legal Pluralism in Post-colonial India
Chapter 10. The Temptations of Unfreedom: Erasmus Intellectuals in the Age of Totalitarianism
Notes on Contributors
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