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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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Uncivilizing Pressures and Civil Repair

(p.193) Chapter 8 Contradictions
The Civil Sphere

Jeffrey C. Alexander

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   civil society, historical sedimentation, boundary relations

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