ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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'Civic Community' and Its Margins

Analysing India's democracy demands a move beyond a study of social capital in the civic community. It calls for a focus on how the civic community seeks to 'assimilate' the political society in response to the historical separation between the two and how political society in turn tries to make use of institutions of civic community to serve its distinctly different interests. This study ventures to examine the margins of India's civic community in West Bengal - village school teachers in Purulia and Bardhaman - in relation to the classes and segments of rural society.

Human Development and Civic Community in India

This paper tries to show that the central methodology of Robert Putnam's Making Democracy Work can be fruitfully applied to the study of the Indian states. It reports some of the results of the author's replication of Putnam's Italian study for the states. While a clear relationship can be demonstrated between state government performance in development and levels of civic engagement, it is harder to replicate Putnam's findings concerning the crucial role of social capital. In the Indian context, levels of education are more important and the implications of this unexpected result are addressed.

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