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dc.contributor.authorChandhoke, Neera*
dc.contributor.editorEade, Deborahen
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-24T09:59:32Zen
dc.date.available2011-05-24T09:59:32Zen
dc.date.issued2007-08-01en
dc.identifier.issn0961-4524en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09614520701469658en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10546/130888en
dc.descriptionThe idea of civil society has proved very elusive, escaping conceptual grasps and evading sure-footed negotiation of the concept itself. Resurrected in a very definite historical setting, that of authoritarian states, the concept of civil society came to signify a set of social and political practices that sought to engage with state power. The close connection with the re-emergence of the concept and the collapse of dictatorial states made civil society attractive to a variety of political agents pursuing different agendas: expanding the market at the expense of the state, transiting from mass politics to single-issue and localised campaigns, undermining confidence in accepted modes of representation such as political parties, and in general shrinking the domain of the state and that of accepted modes of politics. That the concept of civil society could suit such a variety of different political projects is cause for some alarm, for it might well mean that civil society has come to mean everything to everyone remotely interested in it.<p>This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis.</p>en
dc.format.extent7en
dc.format.mimetypePDFen
dc.language.isoEnglishen
dc.publisherOxfam GBen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttp://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/civil-society-130888
dc.subjectApproach and methodology
dc.subjectGovernance and citizenship
dc.titleCivil societyen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.eissn1364-9213en
dc.identifier.journalDevelopment in Practiceen
oxfam.signoff.statusFor public use – can be shared outside Oxfamen
oxfam.subject.keywordDevelopment methods
oxfam.subject.keywordCivil society
oxfam.subject.keywordDevelopment in Practice Journal
oxfam.subject.keywordDiP
prism.issuenameBuzzwords and Fuzzwords: Deconstructing development discourseen
prism.number4 & 5en
prism.volume17en
dc.year.issuedate2007en


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