Anxieties of Democracy: Tocquevillean Reflections on India and the United States Anxieties of…

Hardcover | March 21, 2012

EditorPartha Chatterjee, Ira Katznelson

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This volume is a comparative study of democracy in India and the United States, using as its basis Alexis de Tocqueville's landmark study Democracy in America. It frames the comparison in terms of the distinct trajectories of the United States and India-the former as moving 'from equality' atbirth towards new forms of inequality over time, and the latter moving 'towards equality' from an inegalitarian social order at independence. Examining the experience of democracy in two of the world's oldest and largest democracies, the essays discuss the effect of democratization on key elementsof public life such as citizenship, religion, capitalism, the struggle for equality, and the status of minorities in both the countries.

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This volume is a comparative study of democracy in India and the United States, using as its basis Alexis de Tocqueville's landmark study Democracy in America. It frames the comparison in terms of the distinct trajectories of the United States and India-the former as moving 'from equality' atbirth towards new forms of inequality over t...

Partha Chatterjee is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, New York. He is also Honorary Professor of Political Science at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta. Ira Katznelson is Professor in the Department of Political Sci...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:348 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:March 21, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and AcknowledgementsIra Katznelson and Partha Chatterjee: Introduction: The Anxieties of Democracy1. Sudipta Kaviraj: The Empire of Democracy: Reading Indian Politics through Tocqueville2. Daniel Carpenter: Representation at a Visual Interface: Institutions as Encounters between Early American Government and her Citizens3. Rogers M. Smith: Equality and Differentiated Citizenship: A Modern Democratic Dilemma in Tocquevillean Perspective4. Niraja Gopal Jaya: An Immense and (In)complete Democracy: A Tocquevillean Perspective on India's Experiment with Democratic Citizenship5. Ira Katznelson: Broken Chains of Memory: Reflections on Negotiated Membership for Jews in the United States6. Rajeev Bhargava: Hinduism and Social Democratization: A Preliminary Sketch7. Ashutosh Varshney: Two Banks of the Same River? Social Order and Entrepreneurialism in India8. Margaret Levi: After Eden: The Transformation of the Landscape of Political Power in the United States9. Partha Chatterjee: Democracy and Capitalism in India: Pursuing Two Tocquevillean ThemesNotes on Contributors