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Amid fears of terrorism, rising tides of xenophobia, and protests, John Keane explores the contradictory arguments and traces the historical origins, contemporary meanings and political potential of globalization. Defending the idea of a global civil society, Keane stresses the need for new democratic ways of living and demonstrates how it is linked with such developments ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published December 23rd 2004 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2003)
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Lina
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed by this book. Perhaps I ventured into it with too many preconceptions. I was not looking to have the concept of a civil society introduced, but rather explored and its impact on international relations examined. I did not find that here.

There as a lot of flowery talk about how civil society is civil, and lot of conflicted discussion about including capitalism even though capitalism is "bad." I found the long discussion unnecessary, but perhaps the concept has strongly Marxist
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Libby
Nov 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: global-values
Picked up from the shelf of my roommate who took Globalization and Social Conflict about five years before I did.

There are some beautiful sentences but overall it was the kind of book that used a permutation of "kaleidoscope" four times. I can't avoid feeling some scorn for books that are between 200 and 210 pages - really, you can both make your point and abide by the outline that had you finished at 200.

I didn't realize GCS included business. It makes sense, I guess, there are for-profit entit
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