A Portrait of Change

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:
A Portrait of Change

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This chapter examines social change in George Town based on personal recollection of Natarajan, a member of the weaver caste who started establishing his civic identity after his election to the secretaryship of his caste's statewide association. It explains that the influence and eminence of the civic individual expands when he or she extends control to other satellite institutions, each appealing to its own constituents, whom the officeholder seeks to serve. The chapter also highlights the importance of participating in the management of a religious institution in validating a leader's altruistic concern for constituents.

Keywords: social change; George Town; Natarajan; civic identity; religious institution; satellite institution

Chapter.  2751 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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