The Nature of Civic Individuality

Mattison Mines

in Public Faces, Private Voices

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1994 | ISBN: 9780520084780
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520914599 | DOI:
The Nature of Civic Individuality

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This chapter examines the nature of civic individuality and the highly personalized nature of social relationships in George Town that make identity so important. It explains that Indians evaluate the degree of trust he or she has in the reliability of a relationship in terms of knowledge of the other party or parties in that relationship, and that one important factor in such evaluation in the reputation of the other party as civic individual. The chapter compares the reputation of the so-called “big men” and bureaucrats, and describes pivotal persons such as periyar, who exhibit a special form of public individuality.

Keywords: civic individuality; social relationships; George Town; identity; reputation; big men; bureaucrats; periyar; public individuality

Chapter.  7778 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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