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Exploring Civil Society: political and cultural contexts

Marlies Glasius, David Lewis, Hakan Seckinelgin (eds)
Routledge (11 August 2004)

This volume explores how the idea of civil society has been translated in different cultural contexts and examines its impact on politics worldwide. Comparing and contrasting civil society in Latin America and Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the United States, Africa and South Asia, and the Middle East, the contributors show that there are multiple interpretations of the concept that depend more on the particular political configuration in different parts of the world than on cultural predilections. They also demonstrate that the power of civil society depends less on abstract definitions and more on the extent to which it is grounded in the context of actual experiences from around the world.