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On Civil Society
Issues and Perspectives

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© 2005 | 325 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Although the concept of civil society is in wide circulation today, there is no consensus among scholars on its definition and attributes. Nevertheless, those who use it agree that it refers to an important reality: that civil society is fundamental to democratic governance. If in political science the civil society discourse was occasioned by a re-thinking on the nature of the state and the dynamics of democracy in India, in sociology the context for the discourse was provided by the plethora of social movements and the role of NGOs in socioeconomic development.

In the 13 chapters in this book, well-known scholars elucidate in detail a variety of themes relating to civil society. They delineate the `cultural' and `power' perspectives on civil society, analyze the relationship between `civil society' and `good society, and examine the nature of civil society and its relation to specific institutions or processes, such as farmers' agitations; natural resource management; identity politics; fundamentalism; religion, caste and language; and civil society, the state, and democracy.

Satish Saberwal
Foreword
N Jayaram
Civil Society
An Introduction to the Discourse  
D N Dhanagare
Civil Society, State and Democracy
Contextualizing a Discourse  
J P S Uberoi
On Civil Society
Vikash N Pandey
State and Civil Society
Reframing the Question in the Indian Context  
Satish Saberwal
Democracy and Civil Society in India
Integral or Accidental?  
P K B Nayar
Civil Society, State and Democracy
Lessonms for India  
B S Baviskar
Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society in India
Donald W Attwood
State versus Local Control in Common Resource Management
A Comparative Analysis  
Dipankar Gupta
Nation State and Open Systems of Stratification
Making Room for the 'Politics of Commitment'  
T K Oommen
Civil Society
Religion, Caste and Language in India  
Rowena Robinson
Religion on the Net
An Analysis of the Global Reach of Hindu Fundamentalism and Its Implications for India  
Ananta Kumar Giri
Civil Society and the Limits of Identity Politics
Staffan Lindberg
Farmers' Agitation, Civil Society and the State
Andr[ac]e B[ac]eteille
Civil Society and the Good Society

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