The Decline of Community and the Roles of Big-men

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 Decline of Community and the Roles of Big-men

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This chapter shows how the forces that wed neighborhood and community have determined the organization and character of George Town and other parts of Madras City. It describes the evolution of George Town since the nineteenth century lawsuits and describes the major changes in community leadership associated with changes in the meaning of civic individuality. These include the period of gumbuhal, the period of a looser form of leadership, and the decline in the community role of “big men.”

Keywords: George Town; Madras City; community leadership; civic individuality; big men

Chapter.  13539 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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