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Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Editors: Virginia Hodgkinson, Georgetown University; Kent E. Portney, Tufts University; and John C. Schneider, Tufts University

Scholars, students, and the public alike are intrigued by the meaning of engaged citizenship and the nature of that complex activity situated between home and family life and the arena of for-profit enterprise and government agency. These are themes of compelling interest not just in the US but worldwide, as citizen activism and democratization encounter broad political realignment, religious fundamentalism, economic development, environmental change and other forces. Civil Society seeks to enhance and enliven the discussion through studies that range across time, cultures, and disciplines.

We are no long accepting submissions for this series.


Beyond Tocqueville
Civil Society and the Social Capital Debate in Comparative Perspective
An interdisciplinary collection of historical and comparative articles on civil society and the social capital debate.
Edwards, Bob, Michael W. Foley, Mario Diani (eds)

Citizen Environmentalists

A telling look at the lives and strategies of women environmental activists in the long 1960s, solidly grounded in a national context
Longhurst, James

Civic Agriculture
Reconnecting Farm, Food, and Community
A engaging analysis of food production in the United States emphasizing that sustainable agricultural development is important to community health.
Lyson, Thomas A.

Civic Literacy
How Informed Citizens Make Democracy Work
A comparative, international analysis of political participation and the decline in civic engagement.
Milner, Henry

Civil Society
The Underpinnings of American Democracy
A guide for what citizen leaders and teachers must do to ensure that our democracy will last another century.
O’Connell, Brian. John W. Gardner, fwd.

The Civil Society Reader

A “civil society” anthology for experts and students alike.
Hodgkinson, Virginia and Michael W. Foley, eds.

Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Fate of the Commons

Traces the historical development of civil society and philanthropy in the West and analyzes their role in solving the problems faced by modern liberal democracy
Sievers, Bruce R.

From Command to Community
A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities
Diverse essays create a new definition of leadership education based in colleges and universities
Longo, Nicholas V. and Cynthia M. Gibson, eds.

From Neighborhood to Nation
The Democratic Foundations of Civil Society
A study of the unique impact of participatory and representative democracy on policy outcomes at local, state, and national levels.
Thomson, Ken

The Future of Democracy
Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens
A nonpartisan clarion call for civic renewal to restore American democracy
Levine, Peter

The Internet Generation
Engaged Citizens or Political Dropouts
An investigation of political disengagement among young people in North America and Europe
Milner, Henry

Social Enterprise
A Global Comparison
The first comparative look at how social enterprise is shaped by local conditions worldwide
Kerlin, Janelle A., ed.

Uncharitable
How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential
A courageous call to free charity from its ideological and economic constraints
Pallotta, Dan