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The Paradoxical Modernity of Civil Society: the Weimar Republic, Democracy, and Social Homogeneity.
Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (2015)
  • Peter C. Weber, Murray State University
Abstract
Civil society theory has rarely been applied to the demise of the Weimar Republic. Emphasizing either the absence of intermediary organizations or the negative nature of Germany’s associational life, current civil society research does not integrate historical analysis with civil society theory. This essay roots civil society in modernity and individualism, thus, linking its fading during the 1920s to the inability of civil society theory to provide solutions to the complex problems of Weimar society. Paradoxically, individualism and modernity, the precondition for a liberal civil society, also paved the path to the homogenizing ideologies of the twentieth century.
Keywords
  • Civil Society,
  • Weimar Republic,
  • Social Homogeneity
Publication Date
2015
Citation Information
Peter C. Weber. "The Paradoxical Modernity of Civil Society: the Weimar Republic, Democracy, and Social Homogeneity." Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations Vol. 26 Iss. 2 (2015) p. 629 - 648 ISSN: 0957-8765
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter-weber/6/