Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447316947 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447316916 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Challenging the Third Sector

Global Prospects for Active Citizenship

Sue Kenny, Marilyn Taylor, Jenny Onyx, and Marjorie Mayo

Challenging the Third Sector

Sue Kenny, Marilyn Taylor, Jenny Onyx, and Marjorie Mayo

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

272 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447316947 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447316916 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America only
The third sector, or the voluntary, civic sector of society, is taking on increasing prominence in the face of retrenchment, austerity, and decreasing confidence in government. This book is the first to offer an up-close look at the relationship between active citizenship and civil society and how that relates to third-sector activities. Drawing on a wide range of theory and case studies, the book explores questions of social connectedness, changing forms of political engagement, and the increasing complexity of the social and environmental problems that the third sector confronts. It will be invaluable for theorists, scholars, and organizers.
Contents
Introduction
Civil society and the third sector
Active citizenship
Third sector organisations nurturing active citizenship: the claims
The third sector in context
Active citizenship as civil commitment
Active citizenship as civil commitment: cultural considerations
Active citizenship as activism: political engagement through the third sector
Active citizens, social movements and social transformation
Active citizenship and the emergence of networks
Shifting paradigms
W(h)ither the third sector?
Review Quotes
Joannie Tremblay-Boire, Georgia State University | Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
"Challenging the Third Sector shows great attention to detail, nuance, and context. The authors do not assume that third sector organizations are automatically 'good' for democracy and social justice. They highlight important challenges that organizations face in promoting active citizenship across various locales. . . . [This book] will be a useful resource both theoretically and empirically for readers interested in the pressures of globalization on the third sector and citizens."
Gary Craig, Durham University
"At a time when the Third Sector globally is facing a perfect (political) storm, this world-leading team of writers analyse the pressures facing it and its uneven responses. They demonstrate that there are no easy ways forward."
Nicholas Deakin, University of Birmingham
"This valuable new collection, drawing on much empirical evidence, shows how the third sector can be nurtured by active citizenship."
Paul Dekker, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
"A broad and pleasantly written approach of the third sector and civil society in an emancipatory perspective. Recommended for both freshmen in the field and practitioners looking for theoretical refreshment."

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