This is the first book to explore the different relationships between active citizenship and civil society, particularly the third sector within civil society. In what ways can the third sector nurture active citizenship? How have the third sector and active citizenship been constructed and reconstructed both locally and internationally, over recent years? To what extent have new kinds of social connectedness, changing forms of political engagement and increasingly complex social and environmental problems influenced civil society action? Written by experts in the field, this important book draws on a range of theory and empirical studies to explore these questions in different socio-political contexts and will be a useful resource for academics and students as well as practitioners.
Civil society and the third sector;
Third sector organisations nurturing active citizenship: the claims;
The third sector in context;
Active citizenship as civil commitment;
Active citizenship as civil commitment: cultural considerations;
Active citizenship as activism: political engagement through the third sector;
Active citizens, social movements and social transformation;
Active citizenship and the emergence of networks;
W(h)ither the third sector?.
"This valuable new collection, drawing on much empirical evidence, shows how the third sector can be nurtured by active citizenship." Nicholas Deakin, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Birmingham University
"a useful resource both theoretically and empirically for readers interested in the pressures of globalization on the third sector and citizens." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
"At a time when the Third Sector globally is facing a perfect (political) storm, this world-leading team of writers analyse the pressures facing it and its uneven responses. They demonstrate that there are no easy ways forward." Gary Craig, Durham University
"A broad and pleasantly written approach of the third sector and civil society in an emancipatory perspective. Recommended for both freshmen in the field and practitioners looking for theoretical refreshment." Paul Dekker, Professor of Civil Society, Tilburg University, the Netherlands