Civil society groups polarize opinions in normative terms. Most people see the majority of civil society groups as a positive force in society. They value their activities on behalf of specific groups of citizens and appreciate their role in improving democratic life through their educational, informational, and deliberative activities. However, certain associations, such as anti-immigrant vigilante groups, racist groups, or more generally exclusionary groups focus on opposing a political enemy defined in ethnic, religious, or political terms. They justify their actions by asserting that they are defending other social constituencies that need protection, which they often identify as a victimized national majority. There are, in other words, at least two rival conceptions of the functions of civil society, which are frequently articulated through concepts of “good” and “evil”, or “civilized” and “uncivilized”. This chapter reflects on the difference between the two conceptions and analyses the specificities of the second – the evil civil society. It also reflects on the insights from the other chapters.

Civil Society between Populism and Anti-Populism / Ruzza, Carlo. - STAMPA. - (2020), pp. 221-235.

Civil Society between Populism and Anti-Populism.

Ruzza, Carlo
2020

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Civil society groups polarize opinions in normative terms. Most people see the majority of civil society groups as a positive force in society. They value their activities on behalf of specific groups of citizens and appreciate their role in improving democratic life through their educational, informational, and deliberative activities. However, certain associations, such as anti-immigrant vigilante groups, racist groups, or more generally exclusionary groups focus on opposing a political enemy defined in ethnic, religious, or political terms. They justify their actions by asserting that they are defending other social constituencies that need protection, which they often identify as a victimized national majority. There are, in other words, at least two rival conceptions of the functions of civil society, which are frequently articulated through concepts of “good” and “evil”, or “civilized” and “uncivilized”. This chapter reflects on the difference between the two conceptions and analyses the specificities of the second – the evil civil society. It also reflects on the insights from the other chapters.
Nostalgia and Hope: Intersections between Politics of Culture, Welfare, and Mi-gration in Europe
New York
Springer
978-3-030-41693-5
Ruzza, Carlo
Civil Society between Populism and Anti-Populism / Ruzza, Carlo. - STAMPA. - (2020), pp. 221-235.
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