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Civil Society: Old Images, New Visions
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Stanford Univ Pr
Publication date January 1, 1999
Pages 201
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780804736282
ISBN-10 0804736286
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Availability§ Out of Print
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $49.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: It is only a decade ago that the eighteenth-century distinction between civil society and the state seemed old-fashioned, an object of cynicism, even of outright hostility. In this important new book, John Keane shows how, in a wholly unexpected reversal of fortunes, this antiquated distinction has since become voguish among politicians, academics, journalists, business leaders, relief agencies and citizens' organizations. John Keane examines the various sources and phases of the dramatic world-wide popularization of the term. He traces its reappearance in a wide range of contexts - from China to Tunisia, from South Africa to the emerging European Union - and clarifies the conflicting grammars and vocabularies of the language of civil society. Considerable care is taken to highlight the different possible meanings of the distinction between civil society and the state. Keane also takes the reader into previously uncharted intellectual territory by demonstrating that the civil society perspective contains unharnessed potentials: that it is possible to develop bold new images of civil society that alter the ways in which we think about matters such as power, property, violence, politics, publicity and democracy. Written with style and imagination, this important book by John Keane will be of great interest to students and scholars in politics, media studies, sociology, social and political theory, and to a broader public audience interested in the central debates and political developments of our time.

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Hardcover
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from Stanford Univ Pr (January 1, 1999)
9780804736282 | details & prices | 201 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $49.00
About: It is only a decade ago that the eighteenth-century distinction between civil society and the state seemed old-fashioned, an object of cynicism, even of outright hostility.
Paperback
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from Stanford Univ Pr (January 1, 1999)
9780804736299 | details & prices | 201 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $17.95
from Polity Pr (November 30, 1998)
9780745620718 | details & prices | 208 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Examines the causes of the world-wide re-popularization of the term 'civil society'.

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