Ethnic Conflict and Civil Society: India and Beyond

  title={Ethnic Conflict and Civil Society: India and Beyond},
  author={Ashutosh Varshney},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={362 - 398}
  • A. Varshney
  • Published 1 April 2001
  • Sociology
  • World Politics
Scholars have worked either on civil society or on ethnic conflict, but no systematic attempt has yet been made to connect the two. In an attempt to explore the possible links, this article makes two interconnected arguments. First, interethnic and intraethnic networks of civic engagement play very different roles in ethnic conflict. Because they build bridges and manage tensions, interethnic networks are agents of peace. But if communities are organized only along intraethnic lines and the… 

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