In The Name Of Civil Society: From Free Election Movements To People Power In The Philippines
|Author||Eva-Lotta E. Hedman|
|Dimension||6 x 9|
What is the politics of civil society? Focusing on the Philippines, Eva-Lotta E. Hedman offers a critique that goes against the grain of much other current scholarship. Her highly original work challenges celebratory and universalist accounts that tend to reify “civil society” as a unified and coherent entity, and to ascribe a single meaning and automatic trajectory to its role in democratization. She shows how mobilization in the name of civil society is contingent on the intercession of citizens and performative displays of citizenship – as opposed to other appeals and articulations of identity, such as class. In short, Hedman argues, the very definitions of “civil” and “society” are at stake.
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