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Civil Society: Israel
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The liberal definition of civil society as an “independent social sphere of the state, the market, and family” where citizens act voluntarily and individually, is at odds with the equivalent feminist and postcolonial definition of civil society. This perceives these categories as fluid, socially negotiated, and shaped by the relationship of convergence and separation, a result of the political and cultural construction of reality carried by various social …

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Herzog, Hanna, “Civil Society: Israel”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0069e>
First published online: 2009

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