Global Civil Society
An Answer to War
By (author) Mary Kaldor
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Global Civil Society by Mary Kaldor
Book DescriptionThe terms a globala and a civil societya have both become part of the contemporary political lexicon. In this important new book, Mary Kaldor argues that this is no coincidence and that the reinvention of civil society has to be understood in the context of globalization. The concept of civil society is no longer confined to the borders of the territorial state. Whether one considers dissidents in repressive regimes, landless labourers in Central America, campaigners against land mines or global debt, or even religious fundamentalists, it is now possible for them to link up with other like--minded groups in different parts of the world and to address demands not just to national governments but to global institutions as well. This has opened up new opportunities for human emancipation, and, in particular, for going beyond war as a way of managing global affairs. But it also entails new risks and insecurities. This is a book about a political idea -- an idea that came out of the 1989 revolutions. It is an idea that expresses a real phenomenon, even if the boundaries and shape of the phenomenon are contested and subject to constant redefinition. The study of past debates as well as the actions and arguments of the present is a way of directly influencing the phenomenon, and of contributing to a changing reality, if possible for the better. The task is all the more urgent in the aftermath of September 11. Global Civil Society will be read by students of politics, international relations and sociology, as well as activists, policy--makers, journalists and all those engaged in global public debates
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745627571
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mary Kaldor
Subterranean Politics in Europe, Hardback (July 2015)
The demonstrations and occupations that emerged across Europe in 2011-12 struck a chord in public opinion in a way that has not been true for many years. Based on research carried out across the continent, this volume investigates why this is occurring now and what they tell us about the future of the European project.
Handbook of Global Security Policy, Hardback (May 2014)
This Handbook brings together 30 state-of-the-art essays covering the essential aspects of global security research and practice for the 21st century. Edited by two of the field s leading scholars, the volume embraces a broad new definition of security, and examines the risks and challenges posed by new forms of violence.
New and Old Wars, Paperback (September 2012)
Mary Kaldor's New and Old Wars has fundamentally changed the way both scholars and policy-makers understand contemporary war and conflict.
National, European and Human Security, Hardback (July 2012)» View all books by Mary Kaldor
Employing a discourse-based methodology, this book examines European national security strategies to see how the strategy in question relates to an emerging common European or global vision of security, and to human security ideas.
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Author Biography - Mary Kaldor
Mary Kaldor is School Professor and Director of the Global Civil Society programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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