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Civil Society in Question: Book Launch

South Asia Partnership (SAP) Canada and Between the Lines
invite you to a book launch of
"Civil Society in Question"
Date:    Thursday, June 10, 1999
Time:    5:30 p.m.
Venue:    The National Press Club, Library Room, 150 Wellington Street,
Speakers:  Jamie Swift, Author, and Allison Van Rooy, Researcher, North
South Institute
Please join us in launching this new publication: Civil Society In Question,
authored by Jamie Swift.  He has compiled and analyzed the outputs of the
cross-Canada workshop series on Strengthening Civil Society: Progressive
Strategy or Smokescreen.  The workshops were organized by SAP Canada, in
collaboration with the North South Institute, Ottawa, and the International
NGO Training and Research Training Center, Oxford, United Kingdom.
“Civil Society” ranks as flavor of the month among community volunteers,
academics and policy makers. It animates political activists of various
stripes.  Many view it as a key concept in the struggle against poverty and
for social justice and democracy, in Canada and around the world.  Is civil
society anything more than a projection of our desires, a chameleon concept
that can mean all things to all people?   Does it risk being co-opted beyond
recognition and usefulness?
Jamie Swift casts a critical eye over the origins of this promiscuous term.
He weighs civil society’s potential - and limitations- against forces of
galloping globalization. Intriguing case studies ranging from Canadian NGOs
to social movements in South Asia illuminate his argument.
Jamie Swift’s previous books include Wheel of Fortune: Work and Life in the
Age of Falling Expectations and Odd Man Out: The Life and Times of Eric
Kierans.  He is a regular contributor to CBC-Radio’s IDEAS.
Civil Society in Question has been published by Between the Lines, in
co-operation with South Asia Partnership Canada.
Please RSVP by June 7 by filling in the following reply to the return e-mail
address.  We look forward to sharing this occasion with you.
Your Name:
Contact Phone/Fax/E-mail:
For more information:
Faruq Faisel, SAP Canada
Phone: (613) 241 1333, Fax: (613) 241 1129
E-mail: sap@web.net

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