Civil Society in an Age of Uncertainty

Institutions, Governance and Existential Challenges

Edited by Paul Chaney and Ian Rees Jones

Published

Oct 18, 2022

Page count

200 pages

Series

Civil Society and Social Change

ISBN

978-1447353416

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Oct 18, 2022

Page count

200 pages

Series

Civil Society and Social Change

ISBN

978-1447353454

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Civil Society in an Age of Uncertainty

This book explores how the uncertainties of the 21st century present existential challenges to civil society. These include changing modes of governance (through devolution and Brexit), austerity, migration, growing digital divides, issues of (mis)trust and democratic confidence, welfare delivery and the COVID-19 pandemic and the contemporary threat to minority languages and cultures.

Presenting original empirical findings, this book brings together core strands of social theory to provide a new way of understanding existential challenges to the form and function of civil society. It highlights pressing social issues and transferable lessons that will inform policy and practice in today’s age of uncertainty.

“With multiple insecurities threatening well-being and health in a post-Brexit UK and globally, this book examines civil society’s autonomy, precarity and resilience. A vital critical reflection on the challenges facing civil society in uncertain times.” Linda Milbourne, Birkbeck, University of London

“This timely scholarly and highly readable volume examines contemporary challenges facing civil society at various spatial scales, demonstrating that, in an age of uncertainty, a vibrant civil society does matter.” Irene Hardill, Northumbria University

Paul Chaney is Professor of Politics and Policy at Cardiff University and Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD).

Ian Rees Jones is Professor of Sociological Research at Cardiff University and Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD).

Chapter 1: Introduction – Locating Civil Society – Paul Chaney and Ian Rees Jones

Chapter 2: Existential Challenges – Paul Chaney and Ian Rees Jones

Chapter 3: Civil Society and the Governance of City Region Economic Development – David Beel, Martin Jones and Ian Rees Jones

Chapter 4: Civil Society, Pandemic, and the Crisis of Welfare: Exploring Mixed Economy Models of Welfare in Domiciliary Adult Social Care in a Devolved UK – Paul Chaney and Christala Sophocleous

Chapter 5: The Contemporary Threat to Minority Languages and Cultures: Civil Society, Young People and Celtic Language Use in Scotland and Wales – Rhys Jones, Elin Royles, Fiona O’Hanlon and Lindsay Paterson

Chapter 6: Digital Threat or Opportunity? Local Civil Society in an Age of Global Inter-Connectivity – Michael Woods, Taulant Guma and Sophie Yarker

Chapter 7: Democratic Decline? Civil Society and Trust in Government – Alistair Cole, Ian Stafford and Dominic Heinz

Chapter 8: Xenophobia, Hostility, and Austerity: European Migrants and Civil Society in Wales – Stephen Drinkwater, Taulant Guma and Rhys Dafydd Jones

Chapter 9: Meeting the Challenge? Prospects and Perils for Civil Society in the Twenty-First Century – Paul Chaney and Ian Rees Jones