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Elections as communitas

Banerjee, Mukulika (2011) Elections as communitas. Social Research, 78 (1). pp. 75-98. ISSN 0037-783X

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This essay examines the state of elections within India and discusses why voter turnout remains at approximately 60 percent in a nation where the citizens realize that the material conditions of their lives will not improve from one election to the next. The state of Indian democracy is discussed, and the author concludes that the electoral process provides a sense of community and egalitarianism that suspends the rules of typical social order.

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Additional Information: © 2011 The New School
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2011 10:46
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 00:52

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