ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Aesthetics of Civil Society: 'Fight the Filth' Campaign in Mumbai

The relationship between India's economic liberalisation and the rise of urban middle-class "civil society" movements has been critically analysed by several commentators, but few attempts have been made to understand what exactly this civil society comprises, not as a universal idea, but as an artefact created and evaluated in a specifi c situation. Through a fi eldwork-based study of a Mumbai clean-up campaign initiated by a daily tabloid newspaper, this article examines the understanding of the terms "citizen" and "civil society" as used by Indian English-speakers.

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