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Civicness: From Civil Society to Civic Services?

Authors
  • Dekker, Paul1
  • 1 Tilburg University and The Netherlands Institute for Social Research/SCP, Den Haag, 2500 BD, The Netherlands , Den Haag (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Jul 09, 2009
Volume
20
Issue
3
Pages
220–238
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11266-009-9089-9
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Activities in civil society, seen as the sphere of society in which voluntary associations are dominant, are considered an important source of civility in modern society. By interacting and finding solutions for common problems, members of associations turn into citizens with a broader perspective and interest in the common good. The evidence for these positive roles is at best mixed, however. Not voluntarily associating in a separate sphere of civil society, but combining associational with public and commercial modes of social coordination, appears to offer a more promising option for civilizing modern society. Examples of hybridity are discussed. The paper concludes with a plea for a clearer recognition in social research of civicness as a normative perspective.

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