Civil Society, Associations and Urban Places: Class, Nation and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe - Historical Urban Studies Series (Hardback)
  • Civil Society, Associations and Urban Places: Class, Nation and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe - Historical Urban Studies Series (Hardback)
zoom

Civil Society, Associations and Urban Places: Class, Nation and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe - Historical Urban Studies Series (Hardback)

(author), (editor)
£120.00
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 28/07/2006
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
In recent years the concept of 'civil society' has become central to the historian's understanding of class, cultural and political power in the nineteenth-century town and city. Increasingly clubs and voluntary societies have been regarded as an important step in the formation of formal political parties, particularly for the working and middle classes. The result of this is the assertion that the more associations existing in a particular society, the deeper democracy becomes entrenched. In order to test this hypothesis, this volume brings together essays by an international group of urban historians who examine the construction of civil society from associational activity in the urban place. From their studies, it soon becomes clear that such simple propositions do not adequately reflect the dynamics of nineteenth-century urban society and politics. Urban associations were ideological in purpose and deliberately discriminatory and as such set the boundaries of civil society. Thus competing and segmented associations were not only an indication of pluralism and strength, but also highlighted a fundamental weakness when faced down by the interests of the state. Through a wide array of urban associations in a broad range of settings, comprising Austria and Bratislava, France and Italy, the Netherlands, Austro-Hungary, England, Scotland and the US, this volume reflects on the construction of class, nation and culture in the associations of the nineteenth-century urban place. In so doing it shows that a deep and interlocking civil society does not automatically lead to a rise in democratic activity. Expansion of the networks of urban association could equally result in greater subdivision and to the fragmentation and isolation of certain groups. Partition as much as coherence is our understanding of civil society and associations in the nineteenth-century urban place.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780754652472
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 486 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm

You may also be interested in...

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Added to basket
Homo Deus
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Chernobyl
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Down and Out in Paris and London
Added to basket
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
Added to basket
The Descent of Man
Added to basket
The Road to Wigan Pier
Added to basket
The Five
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
Secrets and Lies
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Women & Power
Added to basket
£6.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Great Romantic
Added to basket
How Democracies Die
Added to basket
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Added to basket
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Added to basket
Guns, Germs and Steel
Added to basket
The Secret Lives of Colour
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.