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Civil Society, State and Social Movements

Civil Society, State and Social Movements

tures such as the parliament, independent executive, and judiciary, the institutions Civil Society, State and that are non-discriminatory or counterdiscriminatory, the underlying principle being action based on or seeking to realise Social Movements G AJAY, G VIJAY The recent debate in EPW (Gurpreet Mahajan (GM) May 15, 1999, December 4-10, 1999 and Andre Beteille, September 4-10, 1999) on the relation between state and civil society on one hand and citizenship on the other, has brought into sharp relief certain crucial issues. This is an attempt to rethink two central arguments of GM.

Te recent debate in EPW (Gurpreet Mahajan (GM) May 15, 1999, December 4-10, 1999 and Andre Beteille, September 4-10, 1999) on the relation between state and civil society on one hand and citizenship on the other, has brought into sharp relief certain crucial issues. This is an attempt to rethink two central arguments of GM.

(i) The central idea of civil society is as a mediating agency between individuals and the state: “civil society is associated with a set of institutions that mediate between the individual and the state...civil society is...seen as a modern phenomenon that emerges only when the principle of formal equality becomes the operative norm in society”.

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