Civil Society and Democratic Life in the Post-Colonial World: A Toquevillian Perspective

Term: Spring 2009

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 6386

The aim of this course is to introduce graduate students to the current debates regarding the changing relationship between civil society and democratic life in the postcolonial world of Latin America, India, Africa, and the Middle East. In order to make sense of the different socio-historical trajectories, particular institutional configurations and divergent forms of civic democracy that emerged in this part of the world, we adopt a common framework based on the work of Alexis de Tocqueville. During our discussions, we strive to develop a Tocquevillian account of postcolonial democracy as well as a postcolonial reading of Tocqueville. Cross-listed as GSOC 5046.

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