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Author Jayal, Niraja Gopal.

Title Citizenship and its discontents : an Indian history / Niraja Gopal Jayal
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (viii, 366 pages)
Contents The subject-citizen: a colonial anomaly -- Legal citizenship and the long shadow of the partition -- Aspirational citizenship: migrants and emigrants -- Pedagogies of duty, protestations of rights -- The unsocial compact -- Social citizenship in neo-liberal times -- Genealogies of mediated citizenship -- Passages from backwardness to citizenship -- The future of the civic community
Summary Breaking new ground in scholarship, Niraja Jayal writes the first history of citizenship in the largest democracy in the world--India. Unlike the mature democracies of the west, India began as a true republic of equals with a complex architecture of citizenship rights that was sensitive to the many hierarchies of Indian society. In this provocative biography of the defining aspiration of modern India, Jayal shows how the progressive civic ideals embodied in the constitution have been challenged by exclusions based on social and economic inequality, and sometimes also, paradoxically, undermined by its own policies of inclusion. Citizenship and Its Discontents explores a century of contestations over citizenship from the colonial period to the present, analyzing evolving conceptions of citizenship as legal status, as rights, and as identity. The early optimism that a new India could be fashioned out of an unequal and diverse society led to a formally inclusive legal membership, an impulse to social and economic rights, and group-differentiated citizenship. Today, these policies to create a civic community of equals are losing support in a climate of social intolerance and weak solidarity. Once seen by Western political scientists as an anomaly, India today is a site where every major theoretical debate about citizenship is being enacted in practice, and one that no global discussion of the subject can afford to ignore
The idea of citizenship in India has evolved from legal status to rights to identity over the past century. Early optimism for a true republic of equals is challenged today. Once seen as an anomaly, India is where every major theoretical debate about citizenship is being enacted, and a place no global discussion of citizenship can afford to ignore
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Citizenship -- India -- History
Civics, East Indian.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Civil Rights.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Human Rights.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Civics & Citizenship.
Civics, East Indian.
Politics and government
Political science & theory.
Miscellaneous items.
Later 20th century c 1950 to c 1999.
21st century, c 2000 to c 2100.
Civics & citizenship.
Religion & politics.
Politics and Government.
India -- Politics and government -- 1947-
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0674067584