Civil Society, Public Sphere and Citizenship: Dialogues and Perceptions

SAGE Publications India
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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.

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Rajeev Bhargava was Professor of political theory and Indian political thought and the Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Delhi, and is a prominent scholar of multi-culturalism and secularism in nonwestern societies. He has held fellowships in the Harvard University Program in Ethics and the Professions at the British Academy. Professor Bhargava is the Editor of Secularism and its Critics (1998) and Civil Society, Public Sphere and Citizenship: Dialogues and Perceptions (2005), and co-editor of Multiculturalism, Liberalism and Democracy (1990) and Transforming India (2000). He is the author of Individualism in Social Science (1992). At present, he is the Director of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India.

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Publisher
SAGE Publications India
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Published on
May 11, 2005
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Pages
420
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ISBN
9788132103967
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English
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Political Science / Civics & Citizenship
Political Science / Civil Rights
Political Science / General
Political Science / History & Theory
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Democracy
Political Science / World / Asian
Social Science / Sociology / General
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