Five. Gentrifying Civil Society

  1. Alex Jeffrey

Published Online: 2 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118278789.ch5

The Improvised State

The Improvised State

How to Cite

Jeffrey, A. (2012) Gentrifying Civil Society, in The Improvised State, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118278789.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2012

Book Series:

  1. RGS-IBG Book Series

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444336993

Online ISBN: 9781118278789



  • Bosnian state improvisation, gentrifying civil society;
  • civil society as of a ‘realm’ of institutions and individuals;
  • civil society as a practice, an enmeshed institutional landscape;
  • agents shaping practices of autonomous, participation becoming visible;
  • civil society as a site of political, arena of contestation, of public space;
  • creating political alterity, within authority of the improvised state;
  • Dayton BiH as legitimate sovereign, popular political participation/consent;
  • Roma Association in Broduša, ‘civil society’ as simultaneously a performance;
  • the MZs conduits between state agencies, MZs as ‘vital partners’;
  • Roma Association and the MZs, challenges to state–civil society relations


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Building Civil Society

  • Social Capital: The Autonomy of Civil Society

  • Cultural Capital: ‘Don't Just Ask for Another Copy Machine!’

  • Beyond Gentrified Civil Society: Roma and Mjesne Zajednice

  • Conclusion