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Civil society is often expected to rise above historical and contemporary socio-economic forces such as the neoliberal economic policy and undertake the transformation of a stratified society to an egalitarian society conducive to democracy. Democracy, Civil Society and Governance is an endeavour to critically examine such expectations. The book focuses on the interplay of democracy, civil society and public policy implementation, and addresses the role of civil society in terms of the changing nature of the economy and the condition of the working class. It highlights the reinforcement of hegemonic value systems by the contemporary mainstream civil society as well as the role of the pro-poor civil society in supporting and mobilizing the disadvantaged for their rights and justice. The book also critically evaluates government ...

Civil Society and Education: Reproducing Hegemony and Inequality
Civil society and education: Reproducing hegemony and inequality

Since the mid-19th century, the spread of formal education had been an important agenda of leading political and social leaders for social transformation. The Indian Constitution has given central importance to education for developing citizenship in a democratic set-up for ‘intelligent participation of the masses in the affairs of the country’. Unlike in the past, access to educational institutions is open to students from all strata. Its objective is to reduce social and economic inequality, develop scientific and critical thinking, and inculcate democratic egalitarian values as enshrined in the Constitution among the students. In this chapter, we shall examine the role of civil society in forming education policy, its ...

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