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Contention and the civil society
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5193-4661
2017 (English)In: Understanding Central Europe / [ed] Marcin Moskalewiczn & Wojciech Przybylski, London: Routledge, 2017, p. 311-317Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

During the 1980s, the “civil society” concept made a comeback into the main discourse of the social sciences – after in principle being out of use since the mid-19th century – mainly as a consequence of the emergence of pro-democratic movements in Eastern European and Latin American authoritarian states (Kocka 2004: 67). Civil society in Central Europe is not only seen as one of the main forces behind the overthrow of the communist regimes in the region; it was also one of the core concepts of the transformation of 1989. The changes within the structure and form of the civil society in post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe reflect, to a large extent, the processes of the post-1989 transformation and the transfiguration of the political. This paper examines the tensions and conflicts within the broadly understood civil society sphere through the perspective of social mobilization and the function of the civil society. It also shows the dynamics of the changes within the sector and compares it with other forms of civic engagement such as grassroots social mobilizations. Finally, this papers deals with few myths about the civil society in post-communist Central Europe that shape the academic and the popular thinking about civil society sector in the region.

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London: Routledge, 2017. p. 311-317
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BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European studies ; 115
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Sociology
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34824Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85043808882ISBN: 978-1-315-15773-3 (electronic)ISBN: 978-0-415-79159-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34824DiVA, id: diva2:1223135
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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