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Transnational social capital: the socio-spatialities of civil society

Civil society remains a contested concept, but one that is widely embedded in global development processes. Transnationalism within civil society scholarship is often described dichotomously, either through hierarchical dependency relations or as a more amorphous networked global civil society. These two contrasting spatial imaginaries … Continue reading

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The Time of the Tribes: The Decline of Individualism in Mass Society

In this provocative book, Michel Maffesoli explores the persistence and the centrality of an affective, solidary space of sociality that emerges from the small-group contexts of everyday life …  with fruitful questions for those studying civil society, community or “new … Continue reading

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The Civic Organization and the Digital Citizen: Communicating Engagement in a Networked Age

The powerful potential of digital media to engage citizens in political actions has now crossed our news screens many times. But the scholarly focus has tended to be on “networked,” anti-institutional forms of collective action, to the neglect of advocacy … Continue reading

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A internet e o “orgasmo democrático”

A emergente participação em rede não produzirá novas ideologias unitárias ou revoluções, mas poderá destruir o velho jogo da governança representativa. Muito se fala de como as redes sociais vêm modificando o pensamento social e ampliando a capacidade de reflexão, … Continue reading

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Civil society – A multi-layered concept

The author analyses the connections between social developments and the evolution of the theory of civil society (CS) (classical background, semantic shifts, re-emergence and open questions regarding future research). He distinguishes four layers of meanings of CS but focuses on … Continue reading

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Tribes, Institutions, Markets, Networks – A framework about Societal Evolution

What forms account for the organization of societies?  How have people organized their societies across the ages?  The answer may be reduced to four basic forms of organization: the kinship-based tribe, as denoted by the structure of extended families, clans, … Continue reading

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Global Governance Through Transnational Network Organizations – Civil Society Self-Organization

When the topic of global governance or post-national governance arises, it generally does so in the context of the co-operation between nation states, international agreements and the role of international organizations. As opposed to this, global governance through the self-organization … Continue reading

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