The prime task of this volume is accordingly better to define what is meant by ′civil society′, not least so that the extent of its usefulness, descriptively rather than merely prescriptively, can be established. To that end, analysis is comparative and historical quite as much as theoretical. Particular attention is paid to the relations between civil society and other social forces, most notably to nationalism and to populism. The distinguished contributors include Ernest Gellner, David Wank, Victor Perez–Diaz, Adam Seligman, Chris Bryant, Salvador Giner, Hudson Meadwell, Philip Oxhorn, Chris Hann, Serif Mardin, Wlodimierz Wesolowski and Nicos Mouzelis.
2. The Importance of Being Modular: Ernest Gellner.
3. Civil Society in Communist China? Private Business and Political Alliance, 1989: David Wank.
4. The Possibility of Civil Society: Traditions, Character and Challenges: Victor Perez–Diaz.
5. The Nature of Social Ties and the Future of Postcommunist Society: Poland after Solidarity: Wlodimierz Wesolowski.
6. Civic Nation, Civil Society, Civil Religion: Christopher Bryant.
7. Philosophers′ Models on the Carpathian Lowlands: Christopher Hann.
8. Post–Marxism, No Friend of Civil Society: Hudson Meadwell.
9. Amimadversions upon Civil Society and Civic Virtue in the Last Decade of the Twentieth Century: Adam Seligman.
10. Modernity, Late Development and Civil Society: Nicos Mouzelis.
11. From Controlled Inclusion to Coerced Marginalization: the Struggle for Civil Society in Latin America: Philip Oxhorn.
12. Civil Society and Islam: Serif Mardin.
13. Civil Society and its Future: Salvador Giner.
′The value of the volume is that it reveals the diversity of traditions, concepts and debates that feed into the historical experiences of civil society.′ Political Studies