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Fall 2011 Series

Civil Society: an Interdisciplinary Examination

This reading group will examine major themes related to the development and present state of civil society in North America and around the world. The term “civil society” describes voluntary social relationships that are formed outside of force-based government and market structures, historically taking the form of clubs, unions, community groups, social movements, and numerous other institutions based on free cooperation.  Even though we engage in various forms of civil society throughout our lives, there remain numerous questions about what civil society is and how it is formed.  This group will tackle these questions by engaging several sets of readings that cross disciplinary, cultural and chronological boundaries.

Reading List

gregory [dot] bouchard [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Contact): Greg Bouchard (History), Brian Cowan (History)
Meetings: Wednesdays, 12:00-2:00pm: 21 September; 5, 19 October; 2, 16, 30 November
3610 McTavish St., room 21-6