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Civil society

Civil society or civil institutions are the total of civic and social organizations or institutions that form the bedrock of a functioning democracy. The term refers to the multitude of non-profit, organized groups, clubs and associations in society that operate independently from government and the state, often on a voluntary basis. Civil society groups advocate and take action primarily for social development and public interest. Examples of civil institutions:

The term is currently often used by critics and activists as a reference to sources of resistance to and the domain of social life which needs to be protected against globalization.