Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bhikhu Parekh on "Private and Public Spheres in India"

. . . recently published in CRISSP (e.g., Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy), subscription-only link is here. The abstract:

"In the traditional Indian way of life, the social realm consisting of the joint family, the kinship network and the caste plays a dominant role, and colonises both the private and public spheres. This is challenged by the increasingly influential ideas of personal autonomy, equal citizenship and a democratically constituted public realm. The tension between the two provides a clue to much of contemporary Indian political life. India cannot successfully cope with it without redefining the boundaries between private and public spheres and developing appropriate norms for them. "

Highly recommended!

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