Civil society

Authored by: Thania Paffenholz

Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding

Print publication date:  January  2013
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415690195
eBook ISBN: 9780203068175
Adobe ISBN: 9781135082130


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Although civil society is a widely used concept, ‘the big idea on everyone’s lips’ (Edwards 2004: 2), there is no commonly agreed upon understanding of the term. Consequently, it means ‘all things to all people’ (Glasius 2004: 3). In fact, this fuzziness (Spurk 2010: 3) may itself be further adding to the concept’s popularity.

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