Sophie Falsini presents a fascinating analysis of the current state and future prospects of Ukrainian civil society in light of the 20132014 events. Since then, the country has been shaken by both socio-political disorders and a deep humanitarian emergency, also exacerbated by the crisis of internally displaced people. Yet, it is under these same premises that civil society emerged as a main societal actor in post-Euromaidan politics, development, and reform. Through its war relief work and the endeavors to lead Ukraine towards democratization, civil society has, to a considerable degree, offset the lack of an efficient state administration and activated vital components of Ukrainian social capital. In respect to these achievements, Falsini explores the way and the extent to which the events occurring in Ukraine since late 2013 -- the Euromaidan revolution, the annexation of Crimea, and the war in the East -- have contributed to the growth of social capital as well as to the resulting change in the shape and in the structure of civil society in the country. Through a multidimensional approach, combining theoretical interpretation with empirical analysis, the study examines Ukraines transformed civil society in terms of its social relations, societal networks and resources, and collective action. Based on the theory of social capital after Lin Nan, the empirical analysis revolves around the case studies of 12 civil society organizations active in providing help to internally displaced people. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in Kiev, Dnipro, and Kharkiv aiming to confirm or discard the thesis of a post-Euromaidan civil society powered by increased levels of social capital. The collected data show that the 20132014 events did indeed contribute to the reshaping of the structure of Ukrainian civil society as they reversed peoples preference for informal and cross-level networks, mistrust towards the system, and disappointment with public institutions. Compared to the past, Ukraines civil society 2.0 saw the rise of grassroots and voluntary movements which triggered social mobilization, and a long-term investment of resources for the benefit of the public good. These developments have significantly contributed to an increase of the level of social capital in post-Euromaidan Ukraine.
Publisher: ibidem-Verlag, Jessica Haunschild u Christian Schon
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 210 x 150 mm
Sophie Falsini's book will prove to be extraordinarily helpful for researchers and practitioners alike who are concerned with the development of civil society and democracy in Ukraine. Further, her study constitutes a sophisticated implementation of the social capital concept to a contemporary political phenomenon, thereby illuminating the analytical power of a strong nexus between civil society theory and aspiring empirical fieldwork. Hopefully, this book will reach a wide audience of social scientists, political analysts, and members and supporters of the 'new' Ukrainian civil society, thereby contributing to a better understanding of a probable new generation of activists and their cooperation patterns.--Susann Worschech, European University Viadrina
It sometimes seems that civil society in Ukraine has already been extensively analyzed. Yet the exceptional work of Sophie Falsini shows the opposite. It develops new conceptual ideas and links them to an analysis of the question of what influence the Euromaidan, the annexation of Crimea, and the war in Eastern Ukraine have had on the development of social capital in Ukraine.--Timm Beichelt, European University Viadrina