Release Date: 15 August 2007
Format: Paperback / softback
At the moment, no other European city attracts so much
fascination as the city of Berlin. An unrivalled symbol
of modern urban life, Berlin is a dynamic city whose
inhabitants, in the course of the past two centuries,
have lived through both the rapid growth and the violent
destruction of the institutions of civil society, several
times over. This volume situates itself within these
developments by presenting, for the first time in
English, a sample of the best, recently written essays on
contemporary civil societies, their structural problems,
and their uncertain future, written by scholars with a
close, long-standing relationship with the city. They are
pre-occupied with a broad sweep of substantive themes,
but in each case they focus upon one or other of the key
trends that are shaping actually existing civil
societies. John Keane is founder of the Centre for the
Study of Democracy, Professor of Politics at the
University of Westminster and Research Professor at the
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). Born in Australia and
educated at the universities of Adelaide, Toronto and
Cambridge, he is a frequent contributor to media around
the world.He is the author of Global Civil Society?
(2003) and Violence and Democracy (2004) and is currently
preparing a full-scale history of democracy - the first
for over a century.
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