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Civil Society, Public Sphere and Citizenship
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Civil Society, Public Sphere and Citizenship
Dialogues and Perceptions

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April 2005 | 420 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
What is the political role of the Indian citizen today? What are his/her options, commitments and requirements within Indian civil society and its public sphere? What difference does it make if a person makes use of his/her democratic citizenship in a more active or passive way? Who is allowed to participate actively and who is denied access to democratic rights? What impact does civil society have on the Indian state today? Is there a predominant culture, and in which way does this predominance affect its responsibilities?

While these questions have long been discussed both within India and abroad, the contributors to this volume seek to provide new points of view and enrich the ongoing debate.


Helmut Reifeld
Preface
Rajeev Bhargava
Introduction
 
PART ONE: CIVIL SOCIETY, PUBLIC SPHERE AND CITIZENSHIP
Ute Frevert
Civil Society and Citizenship in Western Democracies
Historical Development and Recent Challenge

 
Farhat Hasan
Forms of Civility and Publicness in Pre-British India
Sudhir Chandra
Subject's Citizenship Dream
Notes on the 19th Century

 
Neeladri Bhattacharya
Notes towards a Conception of the Colonial Public
 
PART TWO: CITIZENSHIP, ART AND THE MODERN PUBLIC SPHERE
Ravi Vasudevan
An Imperfect Public
Cinema and Citizenship in the Third World

 
Kumar Shahani
The State, Civil Society and Public Sphere
Alok Rai
Thinking through Hindi
Clemens Albrecht
Genesis or Validation
The Dilemma of Theoretical Conception of the Modernization of the Public Sphere

 
 
PART THREE: CITIZENSHIP IN INDEPENDENT INDIA
Valerian Rodrigues
Citizenship and the Indian Constitution
Aditya Nigam
Civil Society and Its `Underground'
Explorations in the Notion of `Political Society'

 
Gopal Guru
Citizenship in Exile
A Dalit Case

 
B S Chimni
Outside the Bounds of Citizenship
The States of Aliens, Illegal Migrants and Refugees in India

 
Dagmar Bernstorff
An Emerging Civil Society
The Case of Tibet in Exile

 
Neera Chandoke
Exploring the Mythology of the Public Sphere
Javeed Alam
A Look at Theory
Civil Society, Democracy and Public Sphere in India

 
Anuradha Chenoy
Women and the Breakdown of the Public Sphere
D L Sheth
Nation-Building and the Making of Civil Society

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