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Drawing on place-based field investigations and new empirical analysis, this original book investigates civil society at local level.
The concept of civil society is contested and multifaceted, and this text offers assessment and clarification of debates concerning the intertwining of civil society, the state and local community relations. Analysing two Welsh villages, the authors examine the importance of identity, connection with place and the impact of social and spatial boundaries on the everyday production of civil society.
Bringing into focus questions of biography and temporality, the book provides an innovative account of continuities and changes within local civil society during social and economic transformation.
“Both theoretically and empirically, this is social science analysis of a high order: rigorous, readable and deeply humanist.” Chris Hann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Robin Mann is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Bangor University.
David Dallimore is Honorary Research Associate at Bangor University.
Howard Davis is Professor Emeritus of Social Theory and Institutions at Bangor University.
Graham Day is Emeritus Reader in Sociology at Bangor University and a WISERD Fellow.
Marta Eichsteller is Assistant Professor and Ad Astra Fellow in Sociology at University College Dublin.
1. Civil society as a field of local action
2. Community and local civil society: time, continuity and change
3. Uncovering local civil society in two Welsh villages
4. Civil society through the narratives of place and time
5. Civil society and local associational life
6. The entwining of civil society, economy and state at local levels