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Global Civil Society 2012
Ten Years of Critical Reflection
 
 
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18 Apr 2012
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It is a decade since the debut of the landmark Global Civil Society yearbook. During that time, as the yearbook has attempted to debate, map and measure the shifting contours of this contested phenomenon, relationships between state and society have shifted. On both sides promises have been made and broken, expectations raised and shattered, partnerships brokered and roles reversed. Moreover, from the instigation of the International Criminal Court by a coalition of NGOs to the mass protests of civilians across North Africa, the influence of non-state actors has become impossible to discount.

In this anniversary edition, activists and academics look back on ten years of 'politics from below', and ask whether it is merely the critical gaze upon the concept that has changed - or whether there is something genuinely new in kind about the way in which civil society is now operating.


Description

It is a decade since the debut of the landmark Global Civil Society yearbook. During that time, as the yearbook has attempted to debate, map and measure the shifting contours of this contested phenomenon, relationships between state and society have shifted. On both sides promises have been made and broken, expectations raised and shattered, partnerships brokered and roles reversed. Moreover, from the instigation of the International Criminal Court by a coalition of NGOs to the mass protests of civilians across North Africa, the influence of non-state actors has become impossible to discount.

In this anniversary edition, activists and academics look back on ten years of 'politics from below', and ask whether it is merely the critical gaze upon the concept that has changed - or whether there is something genuinely new in kind about the way in which civil society is now operating.


Reviews

"The perspective with which Kaldor and her collaborators have approached global civil society over the last decade has not only captured an essential question of our times, but has confronted issues that will only become more central to world society throughout the twenty-first century." - LSE Review of Books


Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION
The Global Civil Society Yearbook: Lessons and Insights 2001-2011; H.Anheier, M.Kaldor & M.Glasius
Global Civil Society and the Internet: Time to Update Our Perspective; H.Moore & S.Selchow
PART II: DEMOCRACY AND CITIZENSHIP
The Arab Awakening: The Crisis of Dictatorship and Civil Society; B.Dreano
'Lost in Transformation': The Crisis of Democracy and Civil Society; F.Miszlivetz
Passionate Publics in Mediated Civil Society; B.Blaagaard
PART III: PEACE AND JUSTICE
A Decade of the War on Terror and the 'Responsibility to Protect'; M.Kaldor
Pro-Roma Global Civil Society: Acting For, With or Instead of Roma?; A.Kóczé & M.Rövid
Cluster Munitions and Civil Society: The Building Blocks of a Global Campaign; T.Nash
PART IV: ECONOMY AND SOCIETY
The Rise of the Civil Economy; R.Murray
The World Social Forum Ten Years On: Internationalisation without Institutionalisation; G.Pleyers
PART V: RECORDS
Bordering on the Unknown: Approaches to Global Civil Society Data; S.Deel, S.Stares & J.Timms
Records;H.Anheier
Chronology of Global Civil Society Events: A Yearbook Retrospective; J.Timms


Authors

MARY KALDOR Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK. She has written widely on security issues and on democracy and civil society, and is a founder and executive editor of the Global Civil Society Yearbook series.

HENRIETTA MOORE is William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, UK. She has worked extensively on Africa, and on globalisation, new technologies and virtual worlds. Her new book, Still Life: Hopes, Desires and Satisfactions, argues for a reconsideration of globalisation based on ordinary people's capacities for self-making and social transformation.

SABINE SELCHOW is a researcher in the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK.