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Conference on Classes and Civil Society

The relationship between social classes and the civil society has been one of the central themes in sociology and social sciences in general from the 19th century to the present. However, it seems that since the 1980s this theorization has been carried out partly with avoiding the use of class theoretical conceptualizations.

1 June 2009 - 2 June 2009

The purpose of this seminar is to get together researchers studying various aspect the class - civil society relations. We are welcoming both theoretical and empirical contributions as well as those developing method(olog)ical solutions for empirical research.

Main themes of the conference are:

1. The relationship between class structures and civic organizations. In various countries the impact of class structures on political, ideological and cultural organizing continued to the 1970s-1980s. This was also reflected in research and theorizations on that field. But since then we don’t have a clear total picture about these relationships, for example what is the role of political (organizational) subcultures in various countries.
2. The relationship between voluntary organizations and classes has proceeded from classes to voluntary organizations. But there is a strong tradition also studying the impact of voluntary associations, social movements in various countries and during various historical periods. The interest is struggle about categorization and representation of inequalities by parties, associations and movements and other civil society actors. Special value are those contribution taking into consideration the reinforcing dialectics between classes and civil society organizations and actors.
3. Citizens’ journalism, the Internet and the new group (stratus, class) formation. The papers could deal with the competition of various forms of collective action, and the interpretation of (class) interests and their role in the representation of (class) interests and in the production collective identities.
4. Polity regimes and civil society organizations in the past and in present. One important theme consists of comparative studies about state - civil society relations as expressed in various typologies.


The organizers pay the accommodation in Sofia including 2 two nights in hotel.

Call for papers

Please send a short abstract (no more than one side) to or by 31st March 2009.

Conference website: CINEFOGO
CINEFOGO is an acronym for Network of Excellence “Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe – the Making of European Citizenship”. CINEFOGO aims at enhancing the understanding of social and democratic processes, citizenship and democratic participation in Europe. It seeks to provide knowledge about civil society, citizenship and social protection, nourish a public debate on governance and strengthen intellectual co-operation. To learn more on CINEFOGO, visit or send an e-mail to The CINEFOGO Network of Excellence is supported by the European Commission within the Sixth Framework Programme, Priority 7: New Forms of Citizenship and Cultural Identities of the European Union.


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