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date: 18 November 2017

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This article examines how civil society is related to the issue of diversity. It provides an overview of the different meanings and practices of citizenship and highlights how and why diverse social groups may have varying patterns of civic and political participation in both quantitative and qualitative terms. It illustrates the importance of diversity across practices, meanings, and memberships through the lens of gender as the primary form of social difference in all societies. It shows how a properly gendered analysis of civil society can reveal how and why women may be pressured to focus their participation on civil rather than political society, and around certain forms of associational life.

Keywords: civil society, diversity, citizenship, diverse social groups, civic participation, political participation, gender, social difference, political society, associational life

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