The Civil Sphere

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How do real individuals live together in real societies in the real world? Jeffrey Alexander's masterful work, The Civil Sphere, addresses this central paradox of modern life. Feelings for others--the solidarity that is ignored or underplayed by theories of power or self-interest--are at the heart of this novel inquiry into the meeting place between normative theories of what we think we should do and empirical studies of who we actually are. A grand and sweeping statement, The Civil Sphere is a major contribution to our thinking about the real but ideal world in which we all reside.

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Contents

Introduction
3
CIVIL SOCIETY IN SOCIAL THEORY
11
STRUCTURES AND DYNAMICS OF THE CIVIL SPHERE
51
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN THE CIVIL SPHERE
211
MODES OF INCORPORATION INTO THE CIVIL SPHERE
393
Notes
555
Bibliography
723
Index
787
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About the author (2006)

Jeffrey C. Alexander is Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University, and a Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology. He is also the author of The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology (Oxford, 2003).

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