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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

versión impresa ISSN 0185-1918

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OXHORN, Philip. Civil Society from the Inside Out Community, Organization and the Challenge of Political Influence. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2014, vol.59, n.222, pp.257-278. ISSN 0185-1918.

Having developed conceptually and analytically civil society as a sociological category (based on a conceptual reflection stemming from a theoretical-epistemological dialogue between the collectivist and liberal perspectives), this article accounts for the implications that allow us to understand the potential of civil society in contributing to democratization. Throughout this work the dynamics that characterize the ambiguous relationship between civil society and community -ambiguous in as much communities with exceptionally strong ties between its members can provide both elements for the strengthening of civil society as well as obstacles to its growth- are analyzed. It is argued that the role of communities in relation to civil society in the social construction and civil strengthening of citizenship will depend on several factors, particularly the mechanisms available to build consensus within the community. The threat stemming from neopluralism as a novel discourse of interest intermediation, both for the community and civil society, is explored. In the final section, the implications of this discourse for democracy are discussed.

Palabras llave : citizenship; civil society; community; neopluralism.

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