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Religion in Global Civil Society$
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Mark Juergensmeyer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188356.001.0001

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 Property and Sacred Ordering in Global Civil Society

 Property and Sacred Ordering in Global Civil Society

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Religion in Global Civil Society

Jon P. Gunnemann

Oxford University Press

This essay is a critical interpretation of the institution of property as one element in the ordering of conflict in civil society. Property is significant in that (i) property arrangements were at the heart of every aspect of the social crisis in Europe that gave rise to the idea of civil society; (ii) property orders the human habitat, creating spaces and boundaries in the individual’s self-understanding and identity, social relationships, and the human relationship to the world of nature; and (iii) because property orders the entire human habitat — understanding of self (identity), social relations, and relations to the natural environment — property also has a religious dimension. The essay concludes that a new civitas requires more than the identification of injustice and resistance to either threat or oppression, it requires constructing new property relations.

Keywords:   civil society, civitas, religion

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