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Civil Society and Democratization in India
Institutions, Ideologies and Interests

ISBN 9781138302938
Published June 16, 2017 by Routledge
224 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Developing a distinctive theoretical framework on civil society, this book examines how Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) contribute towards democratization in India and what conditions facilitate or inhibit their contribution. It assesses three different kinds of politics within civil society – liberal pluralist, neo-Marxist, and communitarian – which have had different implications in relation to democratization.

By making use of in-depth empirical analysis and comparative case studies of three developmental NGOs that work among the tribal communities in the socio-historical context of south Rajasthan, the book shows that civil society is not necessarily a democratizing force, but that it can have contradictory consequences in relation to democratization. It discusses how the democratic effect of civil society is not a result of the "stock of social capital" in the community but is contingent upon the kinds of ideologies and interests that are present or ascendant not just within the institutions of civil society but also within the state.

The book delivers new insights on NGOs, democratization, civil society, the state, political society, tribal politics, politics of Hindu Nationalism, international development aid and grassroots social movements in India. It enables readers to understand better the multifaceted nature of civil society, its relationship with the state, and its implications for development and democratization.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Primacy of Politics 2. Civil Society and Democratization: Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives 3. The State and Civil Society in India: A Historical Narrative 4. Seva Mandir and Constructive Developmentalism 5. Astha Sansthan and Welfare Rights Activism 6. Rajasthan Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad and the Cultural Politics of Development 7. Summary and Conclusions: The Multiple Faces of Civil Society

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Sarbeswar Sahoo is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, and is Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellow at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt, Germany. His research interests include Globalization, Civil Society and Democratization, and Sociology of Religion and Violence.