Uncivilizing Pressures and Civil Repair
Civil society must be recognized as always nested in the practical worlds of the uncivil spheres, and we must study the compromises and fragmentations, the “real” rather than merely the idealized civil society that results. Civil society is instantiated in the real because social systems exist in real space, because they have been constructed in real time, and because they must perform “functions” that go beyond the construction of solidarity itself. This chapter discusses the geography of civil society, civil society as historical sedimentation, the destruction of boundary relations and their repair, and forms of boundary relations.
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