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Civil Society: Berlin Perspectives

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Studies on Civil Society

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Civil Society

Berlin Perspectives

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)

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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


Editors’ Preface
Dieter Gosewinkel and Jürgen Kocka

Introduction: Cities and Civil Society
John Keane

Chapter 1. Civil Society in Historical Perspective
Jürgen Kocka

Chapter 2. Corporate Responsibility and Historical Injustice
Susanne-Sophia Spiliotis

Chapter 3. The Faces of Social Inequality
Paul Nolte

Chapter 4. Civil Society: Desperate Wishful Thinking?
Herfried Münkler

Chapter 5. Transformations of German Civil Society: Milieu Change and Community Spirit
Hans Joas and Frank Adloff

Chapter 6. Civility, Violence and Civil Society
Sven Reichardt

Chapter 7. Is There, or Can There Be, a ‘European Society’?
Claus Offe

Chapter 8. Social Movements Challenging Neoliberal Globalization
Dieter Rucht

Chapter 9. Entangled Histories: Civil Society, Caste Solidarities and Legal Pluralism in Post-colonial India
Shalini Randeria

Chapter 10. The Temptations of Unfreedom: Erasmus Intellectuals in the Age of Totalitarianism
Ralf Dahrendorf

Notes on Contributors

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