Research Online

Logo

Goldsmiths - University of London

Nongovernmental Organizations and Civil Society in Development

Webb, Martin. 2018. Nongovernmental Organizations and Civil Society in Development. In: Hilary Callan, ed. International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. New Jersey: Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 9781118924396 [Book Section]

No full text available

Abstract or Description

The term “civil society” has a long career. It has roots in eighteenth‐ and nineteenth‐century philosophy and social theory but has reemerged as one of the key concepts through which development policy and practice have been reimagined since the end of the Cold War. The idea of civil society, although contested, provides the theoretical underpinnings for a three‐sector model of development in which state, market, and voluntary associations are all seen to have a role to play. As development policy and donor funding have been reorganized to incorporate actors beyond the state, the numbers of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) involved in development has soared. While the idea of civil society as a sphere of popular resistance, voluntary organization, and charitable giving valorizes NGO action in development, the role of NGOs as service providers in a competitive market for development aid means that notional boundaries between state, market, and civil society become blurred.

Item Type:

Book Section

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea2181

Keywords:

Aidland, civil society, development, grassroots, liberalism, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), social development, third sector

Related URLs:

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Dates:

DateEvent
2017Accepted
25 July 2018Published

Item ID:

18976

Date Deposited:

28 Jun 2017 15:18

Last Modified:

21 Mar 2019 16:39

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/18976

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)