Civil Sphere Theory Outside the North

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC16 Sociological Theory (host committee)

Language: English

Civil sphere theory (CST) has been presented as a general sociological theory of democracy, its cultural codes, institutional structures, debilitating contradictions, and conditions for civil repair. Empirical applications of  CST, however, have been mostly confined to the global north. Wide-ranging efforts to rectify this parochialism are currently underway. This session will highlight studies that apply, develop, and revise CST in relation to Latin America and East Asia.
Session Organizer:
Jeffrey ALEXANDER, Yale University, USA
Oral Presentations
What Is Civil Sphere Theory? a Very Short Introduction
Jeffrey ALEXANDER, Yale University, USA
Assessing the "Universal Aspiration" of Civil Sphere Theory
Peter KIVISTO, Augustana College and St Petersburg State University, USA; Giuseppe SCIORTINO, University of Trento, Italy
Spheres of Solidarity, Moral Codes and Civil Society in China
David PALMER, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
Decentering Civil Sphere Theory through Intervention: An Encounter with Latin America
Carlo TOGNATO, Department of Sociology and Center for Social Studies, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
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