I’m fascinated by the idea of civil society – the conviction that voluntary, collective action can build a better world. But it’s a complex idea that’s heavily contested and increasingly under threat. Here are some recent articles that investigate civil society’s promise, perils and potential:
While cultures of protest are strong, other parts of civil society are getting weaker, with calamitous results.
Following activists on twitter is easier than following them to jail, but why can’t we do both?
There are more civil society organizations in the world today than at any other time in history, so why isn’t their impact growing?
Governments can do little to build civil society directly but much to strengthen the conditions in which civil society can build itself.
Civil society is both the process and the outcome of lives lived in critical friendship.
Read the introduction and conclusion to the Oxford Handbook of Civil Society for free at these links:
Read the preface to the fourth edition of Civil Society here for free.