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Ethnic Activism and Civil Society in South Asia
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Ethnic Activism and Civil Society in South Asia

First Edition
Edited by:
  • David Gellner - Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK


September 2009 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This volume, the second in the Governance, Conflict, and Civic Action series, examines civil society in South Asia through case studies of different kinds of ethnic ('communal') activism. With chapters covering Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India (Darjeeling, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Tamil Nadu), it avoids the 'methodological nationalism' so frequent in social science publications on the region. The articles examine Hindu nationalism, Dalit activism in India and Nepal, and the Janajati movement in Nepal, and show how they are animated by common ideals and themes, such as emphasis on the involvement of youth, the assertion of pride and masculinity, the desire to resist injustice and reassess previously stigmatized symbols, the importance of land and belonging, and so on.

South Asian civil society is a site of constant struggle. This volume shows how ethnic activists wrestle with official classifications and the categories of daily, traditional practices and attempt to turn these to their advantage, often bringing about radical social, political, and intellectual change as a result. It also argues that ethnic movements need to be investigated by social scientists as a part of civil society, and it shows how this can be done.

Ethnic Activism and Civil Society in South Asia will be an ideal reference for those interested in ethnicity, sociology, political science, anthropology, and South Asian studies.

 
Preface
David N Gellner
Introduction: How Civil are 'Communal' and Ethno-nationalist Movements?
 
PART ONE: HINDU NATIONALISM AS A FORM OF ETHNIC ACTIVISM
Minoru Mio
Young Men's Public Activities and Hindu Nationalism: Naviyuvak Mandals and the Sangh Parivar in a Western Indian Town
Peggy Froerer
Activists and Adivasis: Hindu Nationalist Militants in Chhattisgarh, Central India
 
PART TWO: THE RISE OF TRANSNATIONAL CONNECTIONS
Eva Gerharz
Re-constructing Jaffna: Transnational Tamil Activism at Local Interfaces
Sara B Shneiderman
Ethnic (P)reservations: Comparing Thangmi Ethnic Activism in Nepal and India
 
PART THREE: DALIT MOVEMENTS
Hugo Gorringe
Becoming a Dalit Panther: Caste-based Activism in South India
David Mosse
Christian Dalit Activism in Contemporary Tamil Nadu
Laurie Ann Vasily
Struggles against Domination: Forms of Nepali Dalit Activism
 
PART FOUR: JANAJATI ACTIVISM IN A MULTI-ETHNIC FORMER HINDU KINGDOM
Gisèle Krauskopff
Intellectuals and Ethnic Activism: Writings on the Tharu Past
Mukta S Tamang
Tamang Activism, History, and Territorial Consciousness
Marie Lecomte-Tilouine
Ruling Social Groups-from Species to Nations: Reflections on Changing Conceptualizations of Caste and Ethnicity in Nepal
 
Glossary and Abbreviations
 
Index

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ISBN: 9788132100867
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