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Civil society and citizenship in India and Bangladesh

Sahoo, Sarbeswar and Chaney, Paul, eds. 2021. Civil society and citizenship in India and Bangladesh. Bloomsbury India.

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Abstract

This volume presents new primary and secondary multi-disciplinary research exploring the opportunities and challenges facing civil society in today's India and Bangladesh. This locus of enquiry matters to wider contemporary understanding of citizenship, rights, religious freedom and social identities. It is published at a time of increased global uncertainties, inter alia, related to shrinking civic space, faltering international relations and political tensions, a downturn in world economy and the rise of populism. India and Bangladesh are key contexts in which the volume explores these developments – not least, because of their contrasting experiences of democracy; discrimination and inequality faced by women and girls; rapid (and uneven) economic and social development – and tensions between different faiths. In response to these uncertainties, the state and ruling elites have been accused of oppressing civil society – of suppressing the political space for civic activism and mobilisation. Certainly, in both countries new legislation has increased regulation of Non-Governmental Organisations – and, critics argue, this has stifled their freedom of expression - as well as limited the funding streams essential for NGO advocacy and democratic engagement. To explore the veracity of these claims the authors examine changing citizenship rights and the contrasts and commonalities between the two nations. Specifically, they look at the issues associated with changing gender relations – as well as religious freedom, inter-faith (in)tolerance and secularism. This new multi-disciplinary title draws on qualitative and quantitative research to offer new research findings that also contribute to theory-building on the form, functioning and democratic role of civil society in the Twenty-First Century.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
ISBN: 9789389611373
Funders: Award No. ES/S012435/1 from the Economic and Social Research Council and Award No. GCRFNG100259 from the Academy of Medical Sciences/ Global Challenges Research Fund
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2020 14:12
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/133837

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