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Contemporary Discourses on Democracy

Asok Kumar Ray (Author)
Synopsis While democracy is conventionally understood as political institution, the contemporary discourses on democracy are concentrated on the social tributaries of democracy namely the groups and associations, discursive public sphere, social capital, civil society etc. All these form the core of good governance. This book is an attempt to make critical reflections on the various tributaries of democracy. The first chapter explains democracy both as a doctrine of individualism and as a doctrine of collective consciousness and makes critical assessments of the current debates on associationism and deliberative democracy. The second & third chapters make critical assessments of social capital and civil society respectively. The fourth and fifth chapters deal with decentralized governance and tribal self-rule. All these themes are examined in the context of structural adjustment policy. While these concepts are by and large policy constructs of the structural adjustment programme serious discourses are taking place at the level of pedagogy on the spontaneity and independent nature of the concepts. This book raises critical discourses on democracy in the light of globalisation and structural adjustment.
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About the author

Asok Kumar Ray

Dr. Asok Kumar Ray. 1951. Served as a teacher of Political Science in undergraduate classes under Manipur University for 18 years. Awarded Ph.D. Degree for working on tribal political system. Published the first book 'Authority and Legitimacy -A Study of the Thandou Kukis of Manipur. Published and presented as many as fifty five research papers on inter-disciplinary areas of social science. Worked in close association with Education Department and Tribal Welfare Department, Government of Manipur, and produced archival materials on Kuki Rebellion (from Calcutta & Dishpur Achieves) and a Bibliography on the Tribes of Manipur respectively. Prepared Bibliography on Structural Adjustment and New Economic Policy. (Mimeographed). The author is a Life Member of -NEICSSR, Shillong & Indian Sociological Society.

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Bibliographic information

Title Contemporary Discourses on Democracy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Om Publications
Language: English
isbn 8186867864
length viii+229p., Notes; References; Annexures; Index; 23cm.