Exploring Civil Society: Political and Cultural Contexts by David Lewis, Marlies Glasius, Hakan Seckinelgin

By David Lewis, Marlies Glasius, Hakan Seckinelgin

This quantity explores how the assumption of civil society has been translated in several cultural contexts and examines its impression on politics world wide. evaluating and contrasting civil society in Latin the USA and jap Europe, Western Europe and the us, Africa and South Asia, and the center East, the participants convey that there are a number of interpretations of the idea that count extra at the specific political configuration in several components of the area than on cultural predilections. additionally they exhibit that the ability of civil society relies much less on summary definitions, and extra at the quantity to which it really is grounded within the context of tangible stories from world wide.

This ebook comprises a number of the largest names within the sector reminiscent of Mary Kaldor, Ronnie Lipschutz and Helmut Anheier.

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For the revenue officer, who speaks the language of Max Weber’s bureaucratic efficiency, ownership of land holding can only be established when the claimant has undergone the entire gamut of tiresome rituals that saturate the legal profession. We are familiar with these rituals in some sense or the other—the filing of an affidavit, subjecting the land to survey, filling in of endless forms, assessment and payment of taxes and other such tasks. This really means that most of us must be conversant with the convoluted language and the philosophy of law.

The two enemies of civil society, in this vision, were fanaticism and atheism. Both threatened to erase the space between the Earthly City and the City of God, the first by rejecting the legitimacy of institutions in civil society, the second by denying that civil society was divinely inspired. As the Reformation unleashed heretical movements, the binary opposition of civil society versus fanaticism hardened. The Aristotelian idea of civil society became fused with a Christian defence. Luther and Melanchthon supported the brutal attack on Anabaptists and rebelling peasants, seeing them as dangerous fanatics who wanted to break down the difference between civil society and the City of God.

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