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The Civil Sphere

Jeffrey C. Alexander


How do real individuals live together in real societies in the real world? What binds societies together and how can these social orders be structured in a fair way? This book addresses this central paradox of modern life. Feelings for others—the solidarity that is ignored or underplayed by theories of power or self-interest—are at the heart of this novel inquiry into the meeting place between normative theories of what we think we should do and empirical studies of who we actually are. The book demonstrates that solidarity creates inclusive and exclusive social structures, and shows how they ... More

Keywords: real world, societies, solidarity, social structures, civil society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195162509
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey C. Alexander, author
Yale University