chapter  7
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The Art of Strengthening Civil Society

ByAlison Van Rooy

The book argues that the idea of ‘civil society5 has become omnipresent because it rings most of the political, economic and social bells of the late twentieth century. The ideas packed into the two familiar words are rich, overlapping, contradictory and in danger of being all things to all people; at the same time, however, they hold out tremendous inspiration for change. This book has explored that tension between analysis and hope, between language and the world it describes. This is the very stuff of politics.