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Meanings Of Barbarism: Civil Society And Its Others

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The language of civil society is widely used as a powerful tool for making sense of democratic experiences, for framing political demands, and for challenging adversaries. The first antithesis to "civility" is "barbarism," a term with a long history mostly linked to Europe's failing grasp on non-European peoples and societies. In this chapter, the author discusses the evil of a total loss of order threatening to eat into the body of society.

Keywords: civil society's barbarisms; semiotic reading



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