About the Book
Global Civil Society
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (2003)
In this timely book, John Keane tracks the recent development of a big idea with fresh potency – global civil society. Keane explores the contradictory forces currently nurturing or threatening its growth, and he shows how talk of global civil society implies a political vision of a less violent world, founded on legally sanctioned power-sharing arrangements among different and intermingling forms of socio-economic life. Keane’s reflections are pitted against the widespread feeling that the world is both too complex and too violent to deserve serious reflection.
Amid fears of terrorism, rising tides of xenophobia, and loose talk of ‘antiglobalisation’, John Keane mounts a defence of global civil society, stressing the need for new democratic ways of living. His book traces the historicalorigins, present-day meanings and political potential of the idea, and how it is linked with such developments as turbocapitalism, social movements and the political institutions of ‘cosmocracy’. Challenging the silence and confusion within much of contemporary literature on globalisation and global governance.
Keane’s provocative reflections draw upon a variety of scholarly sources to breathe life into contemporary political thinking, in search of new political answers to new global problems.
La sociedad civil global y el gobierno del mundo
Prólogo de José A. Estévez
«El libro más culto, erudito y completo sobre sociedad civil global de este siglo.»
– Ueber die Einbettung des Marktes in die globale Zivilgesellschaft, the German version of Markets and Civil Society (with amendments).
Translated by Philipp Schwertmann for the 2004 Yearbook of the University of Goettingen “Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft”.
Essay: Global Civil Society?
In Helmut Anheier, Marlies Glasius, and Mary Kaldor (eds.), Global Civil Society 2001, Oxford University Press, 2001.
Chapter 2, pp. 23-47