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Civil Society The Critical History of an Idea

ISBN-10: 0814722075
ISBN-13: 9780814722077
Edition: 1999
Authors: John Ehrenberg
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 3/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 285
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Read Chapter One . "A sweeping and illuminating analysis of the evolving concept of civil society. Ehrenberg locates understandings of civil society in the context of historically changing relations of state, economy, and community and helps us to understand the ambiguities and even contradictions which beriddle the oft-evoked term."-Frances Fox PivenCUNY Graduate Center "Ehrenberg's work is a book that anyone studying the third sector shoul dhave on his or her bookshelf." Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary & Nonprofit Organizations"No one involved in the current debates over civil society-and there can only be a few serious scholars who are not-will want to miss John Ehrenberg's trenchant and thrill-packed (well, for us theorists anyway) work. A major contribution to the history of political theory by one of the brightest stars in the critical galaxy."-Bertoll OllmanAuthor of Dialectical Investigations "An absorbing study of a seminal idea in the history of political theory . . . This is a beautifully written work with an important critical perspective. It makes a genuine scholarly contribution."-Stephen Eric BronnerRutgers University In the absence of noble public goals, admired leaders, and compelling issues, many warn of a dangerous erosion of civil society. Are they right? What are the roots and implications of their insistent alarm? How can public life be enriched in a period marked by fraying communities, widespread apathy, and unprecedented levels of contempt for politics? How should we be thinking about civil society? Civil Societyexamines the historical, political, and theoretical evolution of how civil society has been understood for the past two and a half millennia. From Aristotle and the Enlightenment philosophers to Colin Powell's Volunteers for America, Ehrenberg provides an indispensable analysis of the possibilities-and limits-of what this increasingly important idea can offer to contemporary political affairs. Civil Societyis the winner of the Michael J. Harrington Award from the Caucus for a New Political Science of APSA for the best book published during 1999. Table of Contents Introduction I The Origins of Civil Society 1 Civil Society and the Classical Heritage The Danger of Private Interest The Mixed Polity Civil Society and the Res Publica 2 Civil Society and the Christian Commonwealth Pride, Faith, and the State The Christian Commonwealth Early Fractures 3 Civil Society and the Transition to Modernity Virtue and Power Civil Society and the Liberated Conscience Sovereignty, Interest, and Civil Society II Civil Society and Modernity 4 The Rise of 'Economic Man' Rights, Law, and Protected Spheres The Moral Foundations of Civil Society The Emergence of Bourgeois Civil Society 5 Civil Society and the State Civil Society and the Ethical Commonwealth The 'Giant Broom' The 'System of Needs' The Politics of Social Revolution 6 Civil Society and Intermediate Organizations The Aristocratic Republic Civil Society and Community The Customs of Civil Society American Lessons III Civil Society in Contemporary Life 7 Civil Society and Communism Totalitarianism The 'Self-Limiting' Revolution The Limits Are Reached 8 Civil Society and Capitalism Pluralist Foundations The Commodified Public Sphere Dreams of Renewal 9 Civil Society and Democratic Politics

John Ehrenbergis Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University and has written extensively on social and democratic thought.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Origins of Civil Society
Civil Society and the Classical Heritage
The Danger of Private Interest
The Mixed Polity
Civil Society and the Res Publica
Civil Society and the Christian Commonwealth
Pride, Faith, and the State
The Christian Commonwealth
Early Fractures
Civil Society and the Transition to Modernity
Virtue and Power
Civil Society and the Liberated Conscience
Sovereignty, Interest, and Civil Society
Civil Society and Modernity
The Rise of "Economic Man"
Rights, Law, and Protected Spheres
The Moral Foundations of Civil Society
The Emergence of Bourgeois Civil Society
Civil Society and the State
Civil Society and the Ethical Commonwealth
The "Giant Broom"
The "System of Needs"
The Politics of Social Revolution
Civil Society and Intermediate Organizations
The Aristocratic Republic
Civil Society and Community
The Customs of Civil Society
American Lessons
Civil Society in Contemporary Life
Civil Society and Communism
Totalitarianism
The "Self-Limiting" Revolution
The Limits Are Reached
Civil Society and Capitalism
Pluralist Foundations
The Commodified Public Sphere
Dreams of Renewal
Civil Society and Democratic Politics
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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