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Sue Kenny, Marilyn Taylor, Jenny Onyx, and Marjorie Mayo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316916

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316916.001.0001

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Civil society and the third sector

Civil society and the third sector

(p.21) Three Civil society and the third sector
Challenging the third sector

Sue Kenny

Marilyn Taylor

Jenny Onyx

Marjorie Mayo

Policy Press

The third sector is located in what has come to be known as civil society, but both the ‘third sector’ and ‘civil society’ have been subject to contestation and changing emphases. This chapter begins, therefore, with discussion of the varying approaches to, and uses of the idea of civil society, with reference to specific socio-political contexts. This is followed by consideration of the issues raised by these different approaches. The second part of the chapter introduces the concept of the third sector and the different terminologies associated with the idea of a third sector organisation. It identifies ambiguities and tensions in the study of the third sector organisations and explains how the concept of third sector organisation is used in the book.

Keywords:   civil society, third sector, third sector organisations

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