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The Resource Populism in the civil sphere, edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Peter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino

Populism in the civil sphere, edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Peter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino

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Populism in the civil sphere
Title
Populism in the civil sphere
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edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Peter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino
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Editor
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Language
eng
Summary
Even as the specter of populism haunts contemporary societies, scholars have not been able to agree about what it is. Except for one thing: a deviation from democracy, the source, it seems, of the precarious position in which so many societies find themselves today. This volume aims to break the Gordian knot of “populism” by bringing a new social theory to bear and, in so doing so, suggesting that normative judgments about this misunderstood phenomenon need to be reconsidered as well. Populism is not a democratic deviation but a naturally occurring dimension of civil sphere dynamics, fatal to democracy only at the extremes. Because populism is highly polarizing, it has the effect of inducing anxiety that civil solidarity is breaking apart. Left populists feel as if civil solidarity is an illusion, that democratic discourse is a fig leaf for private interests, and that the social and cultural differentiation that vouchsafes the independence of the civil sphere merely reflects the hegemony of narrow professional interests or those of a ruling class. Right populists share the same distrust, even repulsion, for the civil sphere. What seems civil to the center and left, like affirmative action or open immigration, they call out as particularistic; honored civil icons, such as Holocaust memorials, they trash. How can the sense of a vital civil center survive such censure from populism on the left and the right? --
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1947-
  • 1948-
  • 1963-
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  • Alexander, Jeffrey C.
  • Kivisto, Peter
  • Sciortino, Giuseppe
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  • Populism
  • Civil society
Label
Populism in the civil sphere, edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Peter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
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on1162859602
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 313 pages
Isbn
9781509544738
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Other physical details
illlustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1162859602
Label
Populism in the civil sphere, edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Peter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1162859602
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 313 pages
Isbn
9781509544738
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illlustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1162859602

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