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The Civil Sphere$
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Jeffrey C. Alexander

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.001.0001

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Liberty and Repression

(p.53) Chapter 4 Discourses
The Civil Sphere

Jeffrey C. Alexander

Oxford University Press

This chapter defends the position that there is, indeed, such a thing as “society,” and that it can be defined in moral terms. It discusses the pure and impure in civil discourse, the binary structures of motives, the binary structures of relationships, the binary structures of institutions, civil narratives of good and evil, everyday essentialism, and the conflict over representation.

Keywords:   civil discourse, motives, relationships, institutions, civil narratives, essentialism, representation

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