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Elections as communitas

By Mukulika Banerjee

Abstract

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

Topics: GN Anthropology, JQ Political institutions Asia
Publisher: New School for Social Research
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:32038
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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