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Conclusion: Civil Society as a Project

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195162509
eISBN:
9780199943364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0037
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some concluding thoughts. This book presented a new theory of society by defining a new sphere, its cultural structures, its ... More


Race and Civil Repair (1): Duality and the Creation of a Black Civil Society

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195162509
eISBN:
9780199943364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0027
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Since their first institutionalization in the seventeenth century, the promises made by the civil spheres of democratic nation-states have been mocked by gross exclusions and inequalities. These ... More


Race and Civil Repair (3): Civil Trauma and the Tightening Spiral of Communication and Regulation

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195162509
eISBN:
9780199943364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0029
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter explores more deeply the symbolic extension of interracial solidarity at the heart of the Civil Rights movement, investigating how its tensely wrought dramas triggered a sense of moral ... More


Race and Civil Repair (2): The Civil Rights Movement and Communicative Solidarity

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195162509
eISBN:
9780199943364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0028
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter focuses on the white journalists who worked for progressive newspapers and magazines. From the beginning, there was a symbiotic interaction between the social dramas staged by civil ... More


Walking the Boundaries

JEFFREY C. AlEXANDER

in The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199744466
eISBN:
9780199944163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744466.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter explores a strategy that seemed to offer Republicans an alternative pathway to victory. Rather than working the binaries, John McCain could walk the boundaries. If he had difficulty ... More


Real Civil Societies: Dilemmas of Institutionalization

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195162509
eISBN:
9780199943364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0013
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Civil society has been conceived in three ideal-typical ways. These have succeeded one another in historical time, though each remains a significant intellectual and social force today. This chapter ... More


Gender and Civil Repair: The Long and Winding Road through Motherhood

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195162509
eISBN:
9780199943364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0026
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter focuses on boundary relations between family and the civil sphere, and the movements it has generated for social change. It aims to establish a prima facie case for viewing the women's ... More


Race and Civil Repair (4): Regulatory Reform and Ritualization

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195162509
eISBN:
9780199943364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0030
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

The dramatic deepening of the identification of northern whites with protesting southern blacks, and the profound arousal of civil consciousness that both triggered and reflected it pushed the ... More


Answering the Jewish Question in America: Before and After the Holocaust

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195162509
eISBN:
9780199943364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0036
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

The collapse of the civil sphere in Germany, not German anti-Semitism, is what allowed the Holocaust to proceed, this chapter states. That it was problems in the civil sphere that caused the ... More


Encounters with the Other

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195162509
eISBN:
9780199943364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0033
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

During the three hundred years since the first democratic institutionalizations of civil society emerged the crippling of its utopian promises generated continuous struggle. These have not only been ... More


Bringing Democracy Back In: Realism, Morality, Solidarity

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195162509
eISBN:
9780199943364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0014
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Any discussion of the civil sphere is inextricably intertwined with an analysis of democracy as a political form. This chapter begins by reviewing the two broad approaches that marked the social ... More


Integration between Difference and Solidarity

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195162509
eISBN:
9780199943364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0032
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

The claim that multiculturalism undermines the cohesiveness of American society, indeed, the very existence of an American “society” as such, is potentially an extremely damaging ideological charge; ... More


Introduction

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195162509
eISBN:
9780199943364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to bring together the normative and empirical sciences on the terrain of civil society. The premise is that societies are not ... More


Civil Sphere and Public Drama

JEFFREY C. ALEXANDER

in The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199744466
eISBN:
9780199944163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744466.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Political campaigns are centralized battles run by generals, organized by captains, energized by foot soldiers, and disciplined, if possible, in the extreme. In order to gain power in democracy and ... More


Becoming a Collective Representation

JEFFREY C. ALEXANDER

in The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199744466
eISBN:
9780199944163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744466.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Those who struggle for power in democracy frequently do establish powerful connections with citizen audiences, despite the enormous increase in mass mediation and the uncertainty it exacerbates. To ... More


Nine Theses on The Civil Sphere

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in Solidarity, Justice, and Incorporation: Thinking through The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199811908
eISBN:
9780190239343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811908.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter contends at the very beginning of his chapter that The Civil Sphere is intended to articulate a new object of inquiry to be understood with new conceptual tools. Its goal is to promote a ... More


Solidarity, Justice, and Incorporation: Thinking through The Civil Sphere

Peter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199811908
eISBN:
9780190239343
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811908.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

This book seeks to reengage Jeffrey C. Alexander’s The Civil Sphere several years after its initial appearance. It does so at a moment when Alexander has extended and applied his framework to events ... More


Civil Sphere and Political Performance: Critical Reflections on Alexander’s Cultural Sociology

Bryan S. Turner

in Solidarity, Justice, and Incorporation: Thinking through The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199811908
eISBN:
9780190239343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811908.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

The chapter’s analysis begins with its contention that one cannot understand the civil sphere without first understanding Alexander’s version of cultural sociology and of the significance he attaches ... More


Forging the Creed

in American Creed: Philanthropy and the Rise of Civil Society, 1700–1865

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226561981
eISBN:
9780226561998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226561998.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

Franklin's career heralded a new chapter in a transatlantic philanthropic revolution that began with the Reformation. Public service was both an avocation and a necessity. The commonwealth ideal, the ... More


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