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Civil Society: Adventures of the Concept before and after 1989

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Marada, Radim

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Abstract Discusses three manifestations of civil society in the Czech Republic's formation, portraying the concept as a normative idea that has progressed from the academic to the socially practical. Civil society in the pre-1989 political dissidence was examplified by Vaclav Havel's notion of antipolitical citizenship's establishment of a social moral conduct outside of the authoritarian government. During the 1989-1991 development of the Czech nation's democracy, the notion of civil society evolved from an action against the state to a public participation in the power structure. With the current development in the mid-1990s of a successful competitive party system, civil society has shifted into mediating between the nonprofit sector, local administration, & unions & professional associations. This last form represents the most unresolved, problematic, yet potentially beneficial metamorphosis of civil society in today's Czech Republic.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Civil Society; Political Development; Political History; Postcommunist Societies; Communist Societies; Democracy; Czech Republic; Social Theories; Resistance; civil society progression, Czech Republic, pre-1989 dissidence-mid-1990s democracy;
Document language English
Publication Year 1997
Page/Pages p. 3-22
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 5 (1997) 1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications