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O papel democrático da sociedade civil em questão Challenging the democratic role of civil society

By Rousiley C. M. Maia

Abstract

O artigo tem por objetivo examinar algumas das premissas otimistas que levaram pensadores políticos e sociais de diferentes tradições a ressaltar o papel democrático da sociedade civil. Partindo do debate contemporâneo sobre a sociedade civil, investigam-se os seguintes problemas: a visão das associações como agentes que promovem exclusivamente a cidadania democrática; a celebração do localismo e o poder de comunidades em detrimento do papel do Estado; as tensões inevitáveis entre a afirmação de interesses pessoais e a solidariedade coletiva; diversos níveis de articulação entre a participação civil e a institucionalização para fortalecer a democracia. Conclui-se que o declínio do entusiasmo não deve ser confundido com o declínio da importância da sociedade civil para o futuro da democracia.<br>This paper critically assesses some assumptions that lead political and social thinkers of various traditions to emphasize the democratic role of the civil society. Starting with contemporary debates on civil society, the author investigates the concept of civil society and examines the following problems: the view of civic associations as exclusively democratic citizenship-promoting agents; the celebration of localism and the power of communities to the detriment of the role of the Estate; the unavoidable tensions between the affirmation of personal interests and collective solidarity; and several levels of articulations between civil participation and institutionalization required to revitalize democracy. This assessment leads to the conclusion that the decline of enthusiasm should not be mistaken for the decline of the importance of civil society for the future of democracy

Topics: Sociedade civil, Associativismo, Participação política, Democracia, Civil society, Associativism, Political participation, Democracy, Sociology (General), HM401-1281, Social Sciences, H, DOAJ:Sociology, DOAJ:Social Sciences, Political science (General), JA1-92, Political science, J, DOAJ:Political Science, DOAJ:Law and Political Science
Publisher: Centro de Estudos de Cultura Contemporânea, CEDEC
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:2ba70b341e394f828c55ae43a7a07e0c
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