Civil Society Characteristics

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Definition ‘The term of ‘civil society’ generally is used to refer to social relations and organizations outside the state or governmental control. Usually ‘civil society ‘ refers to nongovernmental organization (NGOs) and it is also known as an association that people belong to for social and political reasons and its activities. For instance, church groups, community groups, youth groups, service organizations and interest and academic groups’. Traditionally we think civil society as a sphere society that’s separate from the private sphere which is the private market, employers and the government’s which of course the public sectors. Civil society is in fact the third sector which means that in many ways it negatively defined it is not…show more content…
Almost all societies have within them civil formations regardless of the system of the government. It is true that, vibrant civil societies have been central to the functioning of Western democracies but there is no fix reasons to judge the nature of the civil society by referring to the formal themes of political democracy, participation and rights. There are many views from a lot of people for the characteristic of civil society. According to Larry Diamond the organization of s of civil society are voluntary, self- generating, autonomous, and rule abiding. They are concerns with public, they relate to the State without seeking office, they encompass pluralism finally they are partial. To this we may add civility and tolerance of diversity as one of the additional characteristic of civil…show more content…
Civil society is characterized by a strong element of voluntary participation and thus people participate because they believe in what they are doing. Secondly is public end as civil society stands in the middle between the private sphere and the state. It is concerned with public rather than privates ends. Organisations characterized as civil societies are those that defend collective rights and values, disseminate public knowledge and ideas, and pursue policies that promote the quality of life of the community. Lastly, Pluralism and diversity. Civil society comprises the partially autonomous spheres of economy , religion, culture, intellectual activities and other. The idea of movement or a group representing the only legitimate path is contrary to the pluralistic and market-oriented nature of civil
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