“Civil Society is ‘that set of diverse non-governmental institutions, which is strong enough to counterbalance the state, and whilst not preventing the state from fulfilling its role of keeper of the peace and arbitrator between major interests, can nevertheless prevent the state from dominating and atomizing the rest of society’ ” (Gellner 1995:32).
Some examples of what I think civil society could be but I don’t know for sure…
The NCAA if you think about it doesn’t hinder the state from fulfilling its role in college sports and academics but simultaneously prevents the state from dominating the atmosphere of college sports.
Teach for America: It’s a non profit NGO that promotes equal education in the United States. While it does not work in tandem with the government, it kind of does at the same time… right? The state seeks to promote equal opportunity in education through their own efforts. Does Teach for America not do the same thing for the state?