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The Coffee House and the Ashram: Gandhi, Civil Society and Public Spheres

Hoeber Rudolph, Susanne ; Rudolph, Lloyd I.

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This paper considers what light the associational forms that Gandhi created shed on the debate about civil society and the public sphere in political and social theory. As John Keane remarks, "reflexive, self-organizing non-governmental organizations that some call civil society can and do live by other names in other linguistic and cultural milieus". How does his "Indian" variant square with the practice and concept of civil society and public sphere as they have evolved in European history, thought and practice?

Item Type: Working paper
Series Name: Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics
Volume: 15
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2003 13:55
Date: 2003
ISSN: 16175069
Faculties / Institutes: Service facilities > South Asia Institute (SAI)
Service facilities > Südasien (Sondersammelgebiet)
Subjects: 900 Geography and history
Controlled Keywords: Indien, Politische Wissenschaft, Bürgerliche Gesellschaft, Politische Theorie
Uncontrolled Keywords: India , Political Science , Civil Society , Political Theory
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