The Paradoxes of Civil Society

  title={The Paradoxes of Civil Society},
  author={Jeffrey Ch. Alexander},
  journal={International Sociology},
  pages={115 - 133}
  • J. Alexander
  • Published 1 June 1997
  • Political Science
  • International Sociology
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