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Creating a Better World: Interpreting Global Civil Society

Rupert Taylor, editor
Creating a Better World: Interpreting Global Civil Society
ISBN: 978-1-56549-189-2
ISBN: 978-1-56549-188-5
2004/210 pages/LC: 2004009896
A Kumarian Press Book

"A must for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the newly emerging global civil society. This is an original volume dealing with a subject matter that has been sorely neglected."—Adamantia Pollis, New School University

"Rupert Taylor and his colleagues provide a guide for how recent protests inform efforts to build a global civil society on which our very survival may yet depend."—Anthony W. Marx, Amherst College


The term "global civil society" has become a catchphrase of our times. But efforts to define and interpret what global civil society actually is have led to ambiguity and dispute. The authors of Creating a Better World present illustrative cases of groups within civil society—from the Seattle and Genoa protesters to transnational grassroots movements such as Slum/Shack Dwellers International—that are creatively meeting the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly interconnected world.


Rupert Taylor most recently served as head of the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.


  • Global Civil Society—R. Taylor.
  • Global Civil Society: Myths and Prospects—R. Munck.
  • The Seattle WTO Protests: Building a Global Movement—G. H. Murphy.
  • Understanding the Genoa Protest—M. Andretta and L. Mosca.
  • Grassroots Movements as Transnational Actors: Implications for Global Civil Society—S. Batilwala.
  • Global Civil Society and the New Labor Internationalism: A View from the South—R. Lambert and E. Webster.
  • New Agendas and New Patterns of International NGO Political Action—P. Nelson.
  • Development NGOs: Actors in a Global Civil Society or in a New International Social System?—T. Tvedt.
  • Global Civil Society and the Lessons of European Environmentalism—C. Rootes.
  • The World Social Forum and New Forms of Social Activism—J. Cock.
  • Taking Global Civil Society Seriously—R. Taylor and K. Naidoo.