The Resource Civil society and political theory, Jean L. Cohen and Andrew Arato

Civil society and political theory, Jean L. Cohen and Andrew Arato

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Civil society and political theory
Title
Civil society and political theory
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Jean L. Cohen and Andrew Arato
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eng
Summary
In this major contribution to contemporary political theory, Jean Cohen and Andrew Arato argue that the concept of civil society articulates a contested terrain in the West that could become a primary locus for the expansion of democracy and rights. In recent years, "civil society" has become the catchall term used to invoke everything that totalitarian governments suppress, yet it has a curiously ambiguous status in liberal democracies. To some, it indicates simply what the West already has and lacks any critical potential with regard to the injustices and dysfunctions of democratic society. To others, it is a holdover from early forms of political philosophy that are irrelevant to modern complex societies. Civil Society and Political Theory challenges both of these views. Its thorough, cogent analysis demonstrates the modernity and the normative/critical relevance of the concept to all types of contemporary societies. The book is in three parts. Part I reviews the dramatic reemergence of the discourse of civil society in Europe and Latin America and provides a history of the concept that takes Hegel's masterful synthesis as its starting point. Part II analyzes four modern critiques of the concept in the work of Hannah Arendt, Carl Schmitt, Reinhart Koselleck, Jurgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, and Niklas Luhmann. Part III offers a reconstruction of the concept of civil society based in part on Habermas's discourse ethics. Its four theoretical chapters form a bridge between theory and politics, answering the critiques of part II and focusing on the key roles of social movements and civil disobedience
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1946-
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Cohen, Jean L.
Dewey number
306.2
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
JC336
LC item number
.C65 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Arato, Andrew
Series statement
Studies in contemporary German social thought
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  • Civil society
  • Civil society
  • Société civile
  • Société civile
Label
Civil society and political theory, Jean L. Cohen and Andrew Arato
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [605]-743) and index
Contents
The Contemporary revival of civil society -- Conceptual history and theoretical synthesis -- Theoretical development in the twentieth century -- The Normative critique: Hannah Arendt -- The Historicist critique: Carl Schmitt, Reinhart Koselleck, and Jürgen Habermas -- The Genealogical critique: Michel Foucault -- The Systems-theoretic critique: Niklas Luhmann -- Discourse ethics and civil society -- Social theory and civil society -- Social movements and civil society -- Civil disobedience and civil society
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxi, 771 p.
Isbn
9780262531214
Lccn
90046723
System control number
(OCoLC)22422415
Label
Civil society and political theory, Jean L. Cohen and Andrew Arato
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [605]-743) and index
Contents
The Contemporary revival of civil society -- Conceptual history and theoretical synthesis -- Theoretical development in the twentieth century -- The Normative critique: Hannah Arendt -- The Historicist critique: Carl Schmitt, Reinhart Koselleck, and Jürgen Habermas -- The Genealogical critique: Michel Foucault -- The Systems-theoretic critique: Niklas Luhmann -- Discourse ethics and civil society -- Social theory and civil society -- Social movements and civil society -- Civil disobedience and civil society
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxi, 771 p.
Isbn
9780262531214
Lccn
90046723
System control number
(OCoLC)22422415

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