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The World We Want: New dimensions in philanthropy and social change

Peter Karoff and Jane Maddox AltaMira Press $27.95
ISBN 0759110484
Discusses the problems facing modern societies and looks at some of the people and movements working to overcome them. There are chapters on citizenship, homelessness, education, activism and hunger, among other topics.

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Transnational Civil Society
Srilatha Batliwala and L David Brown (eds) Kumarian Press $25.95
ISBN 1565492102

The book assembles essays by a number of pundits and practitioners on what transnational civil society is, what it does, and where it came from. The theory is tempered by accounts of how transnational civil society has shaped social change historically through, for instance, the labour movement of the 19th and 20th centuries and the movement for peace over the past few decades. The editors conclude that it is not merely a product of globalization, but ‘a manifestation of an older, more complex … historical process of creating a more just, equitable and democratic world’.

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