What one thinks they want vs. what they really want

Iyer, Prakash (2021) What one thinks they want vs. what they really want. Teacher Plus, 19 (2). pp. 56-58. ISSN 0973-778

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A mere mention of the word ‘democracy’ invokes a host of concepts like justice, freedom, equality, fraternity, toleration, power, consent and autonomy. But these concepts are abstract and they only become real when they manifest in the form of actions by persons, communities and the state. The actions are in various forms like extending, limiting, curbing, relaxing; in a wide range of situations related to progress, development, security, education and communication. The situations in which these concepts are demonstrated involve substantive issues like economics, technology, welfare, culture and knowledge. Democracy is demonstrated in various sites like public spaces, homes, schools, colleges and other institutions like communities, families and other relationships. To make things more complex, these concepts are interpreted in different ways, all of which can legitimately be called democratic.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Iyer, Prakash
Uncontrolled Keywords: Democracy, Freedom, Liberty, Want
Subjects: Social sciences > Political Science > Civil & political rights
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Education
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/2536
Publisher URL: https://www.teacherplus.org/what-one-thinks-they-w...

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