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Civil Society Exposed: The Politics of NGOs in Egypt, Maha M. Abdelrahman, Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2004. pp225

“As social researchers direct their analytical gaze towards the globalisation/marketing of “democracy”, the variety of forms of local level political engagements are increasingly addressed in relation to the notion of “civil society”. According to a number of recent scholarly works, such conceptual emphasis has not produced recognisable enhancement of analytical productivity. This has been associated with a tendency towards atomisation, de- historicisation, and confusion between civil society as a heuristic device, a conception, and its concrete actualisation as an arena of political action.”

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