AWARENESS, ATTITUDE AND PARTICIPATION OF WIDOWS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIL SOCIETY: A STUDY AMONG TAMIL BRAHMIN COMMUNITY By Donna John

Abstract Civil society is a vital pre-condition for the existence of democracy. The values of civil society are those of political participation and state accountability. Civil society is the set of civic rights, including primarily everyone’s right to participate in Public life. Widowhood is a disruptive and stressful situation in the life of a woman. The widow’s marginal state means that she is, in a manner of speaking, functionally incorporated into the household while being considered an outsider. The Indian woman, soon after widowhood, is excluded from caste rituals and…

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