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Public Faces, Private VoicesCommunity and Individuality in South India$
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Mattison Mines

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520084780

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520084780.001.0001

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The Decline of Community and the Roles of Big-men

The Decline of Community and the Roles of Big-men

(p.115) Chapter Six The Decline of Community and the Roles of Big-men
Public Faces, Private Voices

Mattison Mines

University of California Press

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

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