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Creating Community Cohesion

Author: D. Herbert
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137312726
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Using approaches from sociology, media and religious studies, David Herbert compares recent public controversies involving or implicating religion in the UK (England and Northern Ireland), the Netherlands and France.

Knowledge Actors And Transnational Governance

Author: D. Stone
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137022914
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Diane Stone analyses the role of experts shaping global policy via transnational knowledge networks which help create new spaces of public sector activity.

Ngos Under Pressure In Partial Democracies

Author: Chris van der Borgh
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113731284X
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Over the past decade, international human rights organizations and think tanks have expressed a growing concern that the space of civil society organizations around the world is under pressure. This book examines the pressures experienced by NGOs in four partial democracies: Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia and the Philippines.

International Ngo Engagement Advocacy Activism

Author: Helen Yanacopulos
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137315091
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The world of international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) has dramatically changed during the last two decades. The author critically analyses the engagement of INGOs within the contemporary international development landscape, enabling readers to further understand INGOs involvement in the politics of social change.

Multiculturalism And Integration

Author: Michael Clyne
Publisher: ANU E Press
ISBN: 1921862157
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Multiculturalism has been the official policy of all Australian governments (Commonwealth and State) since the 1970s. It has recently been criticised, both in Australia and elsewhere. Integration has been suggested as a better term and policy. Critics suggest it is a reversion to assimilation. However integration has not been rigorously defined and may simply be another form of multiculturalism, which the authors believe to have been vital in sustaining social harmony.

Religion And Civil Society

Author: David Herbert
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351905201
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This book presents the first full-length study of the relationship between religion and the controversial concept of civil society. Across the world in the last two decades of the twentieth century religions re-entered public space as influential discursive and symbolic systems apparently beyond the control of either traditional religious authorising institutions or states. This differentiation of religion from traditional institutions and entry into secular public spheres carries both dangers and possible benefits for democracy. Offering a fresh interdisciplinary approach to understanding religion in contemporary societies, this book provides an invaluable resource for students and researchers in religious studies, sociology, politics and political philosophy, theology, international relations and legal studies. Part one presents a critical introduction to the interaction between religion, modernization and postmodernization in Western and non-Western settings (America, Europe, the Middle East and India), focussing on discourses of human rights, civil society and the public sphere, and the controversial question of their cross-cultural application. Part two examines religion and civil society through case studies of Egypt, Bosnia and Muslim minorities in Britain, and compares Poland as an example of a Christian majority society that has experienced the public reassertion of religion.

The Rise And Fall Of Social Cohesion

Author: Christian Albrekt Larsen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199681848
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The book explores the ways in which social cohesion -- measured as trust in unknown fellow citizens -- can be established and undermined. It examines the US and UK, where social cohesion declined in the latter part of the 20th century, and Sweden and Denmark, where social cohesion increased, and aims to put forward a social constructivist explanation for this shift. Based on unique empirical data material, it demonstrates how "the bottom" and "the middle" ofsociety is differently constructed across countries.

Fundamentalists And Extremists

Author: Douglas Long
Publisher: Facts on File
ISBN: 9780816048465
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Provides an overview of issues in fundamentalism and extremism, a review of relevant laws, a chronology, biographical sketches, and an annotated bibliography.