Chapter 22 Civil society research: future perspectives
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The concluding chapter draws out final observations from the twenty rich and diverse contributions that make up this volume. It provides a birds-eye-view of the total content translated into four themes that can guide future research. These are: the study of civil society; norms and values; making histography matter; and reconsidering civic agency. Themes are not predictive, but indicative of where authors' sentiments and perspectives lie. It also considers a future agenda in terms of implied time frames concluding that, naturally, the temporal story are tied to the research topic in terms of substance and scale. Be that as it may, all will need to cope with the big picture context of geopolitical realignments that are not time bound.