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Civil Society as Idea: An Analytical Hatstand?

ByAlison Van Rooy

From what reaches of political philosophy have we resurrected the notion of ‘civil society’? Why? Why now? This chapter runs through some of the history of civil society as an idea and focuses on six of its current incarnations:

1) value; 2) collective noun; 3) space; 4) historical moment; 5) anti-hegemony; and 6) anti-state.