Civil Society in Question

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Between The Lines, 1999 - Political Science - 170 pages
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In this concise, critical study of civil society, Jamie Swift sketches the history of the concept from its roots in the eighteenth century, to the present. Swift looks at its practical application in specific cases, such as Canada's Victorian Order of Nurses, and with community-based groups in South Asia (India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh). He examines the relationship between voluntarism, the state, politics, and the market, and considers the motives and priorities of those using the term today.
 

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Contents

Unpacking the Conceptual Ragbag
1
Canada and Sri Lanka
23
A Historical Passage
41
Voluntarism Government and Politics
65
The South Asian Experience
99
Towards the Double Movement
131
Notes
153
Index
167
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Jamie Swift is the author of several books on politics, history, and social justice.

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