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Participatory Citizenship
Identity, Exclusion, Inclusion

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Social Change

March 2006 | 252 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This volume argues that the conventional undestanding of citizenship is inadequate to capture the complex challenges a large majority of India`s marginalised people face in actualising their rights and making their voices heard. It offers instead an extended connotation of citizenship and participation from the perspective of those bearing excluded identities—namely, the low caste, the poor, women and tribals.

Based on the experiences of these groups in their everyday relationships with the state and with society at large, the contributors to this volume detail and explore the possibilities and the problematics of their inclusion in attempting a change in existing relations. Among the issues discussed are `participatory citizenship` as a way of altering the existing relationship between the state and its vulnerable citizenry, and rescuing citizenship from its universal legal status to include the differential positioning of subjugated groups. The contributors conceptualise participation not merely as a voting/electoral mechanism but as one where all citizens have a legitimate and equitable stake in the processes of development and governance.

 
Preface
Ranjita Mohanty and Rajesh Tandon
Introduction: Identity, Exclusion, Inclusion: Issues in Participatory Citizenship
 
PART ONE
T K Oommen
Identity
Enabling and Endangering Citizenship

 
John Gaventa
Perspectives on Participation and Citizenship
Ranjita Mohanty
Citizen Participation in Development
Issues of Identity, Inclusion and Voice

 
Surinder Shukla
Citizen Action and Governance
 
PART TWO
Mandakini Pant
Marginalized Citizenship of Nomads
Peter Newell
Corporate Accountability and Citizen Action
Companies and Communities in India

 
Manju Agrawal
A Silent Revolution
Women in Grass-Roots Democracy

 
Mariamma Sanu George
Towards Participation and Inclusion
Mainstreaming Gender in Decentralization

 
Dikshit Sinha
Citizenship as Practice
The Case of Marginalized Groups in Rural Bengal

 
 
Index

"The book is well organized, with a clear structure and focus. It raises and attempts to answer a set of questions regarding the possibilities and potential of participatory citizenship."

Ashwini Swain
University of York, UK
Pacific Affairs

This volume argues that the conventional understanding of citizenship is inadequate to capture the complex challenges a large majority of India’s marginalised people face in actualising their rights and making their voices heard. It offers instead an extended connotation of citizenship and participation from the perspective of those bearing excluded identities, namely, the low caste, the poor, women and tribals.

The Pakistan Development Review

In many ways the volume helps address an issue that arises in the context of assessing the role of non-governmental organizations versus the need to politically mobilize the marginalized and the governed. As the essays in this volume highlight, despite the need for political mobilization, there is the need to enable the marginalized to emerge and be endowed with an ability to be politically active.

The Book Review

This book will be value addtiton to the existing literature and it also offers deep insights on theoretical understanding of the issue and empirical case studies reveal the ground reality.

Social Change

The volume offers a wide array of experiences of exclusion and inclusion in contemporary India and the varied roles the stare, civil society and people themselves play in these inherently conflict-ridden processes…it successfully brings the discourse on citizenship to development, and thereby plugs an important gap in the field of development studies. The editors deserve our thanks for reminding us once again that development is essentially a political act.

Development Policy Review

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