Rethinking Civil Society in Development : Scales and Situated Hegemonies
Kontinen, T., & Millstein, M. (2017). Rethinking Civil Society in Development : Scales and Situated Hegemonies. Forum for Development Studies, 44(1), 69-89. https://doi.org/10.1080/08039410.2016.1264994
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The new development agenda formulated through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is rich with issues such as women empowerment, inclusive society, environment and decent work that have been high on the agenda of civil society actors. However, civil society itself gets only a scant attention among other implementing bodies. We argue for nuanced investigation of civil society in the context of SDGs, and its rethinking in the arena of development research, and propose an approach that pays attention to situated hegemonies at different scales, and engages with empirical complexities in a non-normative tone. We illustrate the proposed agenda by reviewing literature on local organizing, established organizations, and networks and alliances especially in the contexts of South Africa and Tanzania. In conclusion, we suggest that paying attention to situated hegemonies at different scales provides a fruitful framework for discussing civil society in both development research and practice in the threshold of new global development era. ...
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