Reproduction: Family, Community and Household Media Use

  • Glyn Williams
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities book series (PSMLC)


Civil society can refer to sociopolitical institutions, including the rule of law, limited and accountable public authority, economic markets, social pluralism and a public sphere. Others limit it to ‘non-governmental civil society’, or even to associations and the public sphere. Whatever the conception, the family and the community both belong to the ‘public sphere’. The meta-narrative of liberal democracy sees civil society as having a relative autonomy from the state, a moral conscience that resists the progress of an authoritarian state. Alexander (1998:97) refers to civil society as ‘a sphere of solidarity in which abstract universalism and particularist visions of community are tensely intertwined. It is both a normative and a real concept’. Modernism counterposes rationality and emotion, and democracy constructs the state as the rational basis for eliminating the remnants of feudalism, leaving a danger that civil society is constructed as the domain of the emotional.


Civil Society Radio Station Language Group Minority Language Television Service 
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