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Part I. Theoretical Traditions in the West: 1. The development of civil society Sunil Khilnani 2. Concepts of civil society in pre-modern Europe Anthony Black 3. The contemporary political significance of John Locke's conception of civil society John Dunn 4. Civil society in the Scottish Enlightenment Fania Oz Salzberger 5. Enlightenment and the institution of society Keith Michael Baker 6. Hegel and the economics of civil society Gareth Stedman Jones 7. Civil society in the Marxist tradition Joseph Femia Part II. Arguments in the South: 8. Civil society in extra-European perspective Jack Goody 9. On civil and political societies in post-colonial democracies Partha Chatterjee 10. Civil society and the fate of the modern Republic in Latin America Luis Castro Leiva and Anthony Pagden 11. The western concept of civil society in the context of Chinese history Thomas Metzger 12. Civil society, community and democracy in the Middle East Sami Zubaida 13. Mistaking 'Governance' for politics: Foreign aid, civil society and democracy Rob Jenkins 14. The promise of 'civil society' in the South Geoffrey Hawthorn 15. In search of civil society Sudipta Kaviraj.