Heterotopias: Nationalism and the Possibility of History in South Asia

Hardcover | October 1, 2010

EditorManu Bhagavan

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Laid out as a series of three inter-related conversations, this volume investigates the diverse discourses of identity politics that relate the nationalist movement to current concerns and debates. Focusing upon the peripheries of modern India-states of Assam and Jammu and Kashmir-the firstsection explores local and regional nationalisms at play at marginalized spaces. It highlights their relationship with the homogenizing nationalism of the centre. The next examines literary production to delineate the plurality of narrative and consciousness. The final part explores the works ofMohammed Iqbal and Mohandas Gandhi while the conclusion provides a post-history of communalism. Overall, the volume deals with the multiplicity of historical experiences both within and without the discourse of nationalism. This book will interest scholars and students of modern Indian history, politics, and sociology, particularly those concerned with identity politics and nationalism.

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Laid out as a series of three inter-related conversations, this volume investigates the diverse discourses of identity politics that relate the nationalist movement to current concerns and debates. Focusing upon the peripheries of modern India-states of Assam and Jammu and Kashmir-the firstsection explores local and regional nationalis...

Manu Bhagavan is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center-The City University of New York (CUNY), USA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pagesPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198066929

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AcknowledgementsManu Bhagavan: IntroductionPart I:1. Yasmin Saikia: Local Nationalism or Secessionism? History, Politics, and Identity Struggle of Tai-Ahom in Assam2. Chitralekha Zutshi: Kashmir and Kashmiriyat: The Politics of Diversity in South AsiaPart II:3. Paula Richman: Against the Current: Sita and her Foils in Modern Tamil and Telugu Short Stories4. Syed Akbar Hyder: Ghalib and his InterlocutorsPart III:5. Faisal Devji: Muhammad Iqbal and the Crisis of Representation in British India6. Ajay Skaria: The Strange Violence of Satyagraha: Gandhi, Itihaas, and HistoryGyanendra Pandey: Conclusion: The Post-history of CommunalismContributors Note