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Amid fears of terrorism, rising tides of xenophobia, and protests, John Keane explores the contradictory arguments and traces the historical origins, contemporary meanings and political potential of globalization. Defending the idea of a global civil society, Keane stresses the need for new democratic ways of living and demonstrates how it is linked with such developments as turbocapitalism, social movements and the political institutions of "cosmocracy." Keane's provocative reflections in Global Civil Society? draw upon a variety of scholarly sources and offer a fresh perspective on contemporary political thinking and new global problems. John Keane was born in Australia and educated at the Universities of Adelaide, Toronto and Cambridge. He is Professor of Politics at the University of Westminster. In 1989, he founded the Centre for the Study of Democracy. His most recent work is a study of power, Václav Havel: A Political Tragedy in Six Acts (Basic Books, 1999). His other books include Civil Society: Old Images, New Visions (Stanford, 1998), Democracy and Civil Society (Verso Books, 1998), Reflections on Violence (Verso Books, 1996), the prizewinning Tom Paine: A Political Life (Little Brown, 1995), and The Media and Democracy (Blackwell, 1991). He has been awarded many fellowships and research grants and has lectured throughout the world; he often appears on radio and television and is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement. Currently he is writing a full-scale history of democracy.Read more
- Comprehensive account of global civil society
- The ideal of a Global Civil Society is rising in dominance in the intellectual agenda - it affects us all
- A widely published and respected scholar in political theory
Reviews & endorsements
"The book contains...brilliant thoughts that make reading it worthwhile...The major strength of Keane's book is the profound learnedness and academic confidence its chapters convey to the reader." Helmut K. Anheier, University of California, Los Angeles, and the London School of Economics, American Journal of SociologySee more reviews
"The most learned, erudite, and encompassing book on the global civil society, of this century." Amitai Etzioni, Author of The New Golden Rule
"John Keane's book is an imaginative and productive experiment in contemporary democratic thinking. It is challenging and provocative, and it provides structured orientation in a wide, confusing and unsettled field." Hans-Jurgen Puhle, University of Frankfurt
"John Keane has applied his sharp intellect and moral commitments to a topic of political importance but persistent conceptual confusion to produce a book of forceful clarity and coherence. A sparkling contribution to contemporary political thought." Bryan Turner, University of Cambridge
"This book is an invaluable contribution to a subject of increasing significance in the 21st century. Highly recommended." Choice
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- Date Published: June 2003
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521815437
- length: 236 pages
- dimensions: 236 x 157 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.5kg
- contains: 2 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Unfamiliar words
4. Paradise on Earth?
5. Ethics across borders
6. Further reading.
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