Minorities Studies in India

Hardcover | September 15, 2012

EditorRowena Robinson

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This volume explores the issue of minorities in India and how they are identified, defined, and categorized by legal and institutional processes. It examines how modern law creates and conditions minority identity and also how groups manipulate the ground-level situation to project a certainidentity at a particular point of time. When more than one category applies to a group, and such categorizations become the basis for the struggle for rights, the politics of identity become even more complex. The volume specifically focuses on 'religious' minorities, questioning the religiousidentification of groups and showing that the construction of minority groups in religious terms is difficult to achieve given the existence of several, and sometimes contradictory, loyalties and identities. The essays address the minority issue by engaging with different minority communities in India. These also question the relationship of minority identities to caste, gender, and tribal identity.

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This volume explores the issue of minorities in India and how they are identified, defined, and categorized by legal and institutional processes. It examines how modern law creates and conditions minority identity and also how groups manipulate the ground-level situation to project a certainidentity at a particular point of time. When ...

Rowena Robinson is Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pagesPublished:September 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198078544

ISBN - 13:9780198078548

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AcknowledgementsRowena Robinson: Introduction1. Michel Seymour: India and the Concept of a Multinational Federation2. Rina Verma Williams: Making Minority Identities: Gender, State, and Muslim Personal Law3. Laura Dudley Jenkins: Scheduled Castes, Christians, and Muslims: The Politics of Macro-majorities and Micro-minorities4. Farhana Ibrahim: Representing the 'Minority'5. Joseph M.T.: Buddhists: The Political Dynamics of Conversion and Caste6. Joseph Marianus Kujur: Christian and Tribal: The Dynamics of Scheduled Tribe Status in the Field7. Chad M. Bauman and Richard F. Young: Minorities and the Politics of Conversion: With Special Attention to Indian Christianity8. Murzban Jal: The Parsi Minority: Ethics and the Spirit of Indian Modernity9. Sipra Mukherjee: The Curious Case of the Ramakrishna Mission: The Politics of Minority Identity10. Natasha Behl: Sikh Minority Identity Formation: Nation and Politics in Post-colonial India11. Yousuf Saeed: From Inclusive to Exclusive: Changing Ingredients of Muslim Identity in Bombay Cinema12. Dibyesh Anand: The Violence of Security: Hindutva's Lethal ImaginariesNotes on Contributors