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date: 18 December 2018

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This article analyzes the concept of the so-called uncivil society. It argues that the concept of uncivil society should be strangled in the crib because in its various guises, it contributes to needless conceptual proliferation while adding little of analytic value. It explores the different meanings of uncivil society and suggests that they are related to the three primary ways in which civil society is defined: as associational life, the good society and the public sphere. It also explains the organizational, the normative, and the tactical definitions of uncivil society.

Keywords: uncivil society, conceptual proliferation, analytic value, civil society, associational life, good society, public sphere

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