Critical Events: An Anthropological Perspective on Contemporary India

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Item Code: IDG074
Author: VEENA DAS
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 0195640527
Pages: 230
Cover: Paperback
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About the Book:

Critical issues in contemporary India-Partition, sati, minority rights, the Bhopal gas disaster, the nature of the Indian state- are redescribed within the framework of anthropologial knowledge in this book. Veena Das produces an ethnography of modern India informed by world historical processes, and yet sensitive to the inner lives of individuals.

The events analysed here have all instituted new forms of action and led to a redefinition of traditional codes of martyrdom, honour, and the heroic life, which were appropriated by political actors- religious communities, castes, and women's groups.

About the Author:

Veena Das is Kreiger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.

Excerpts From Reviews

:'This collection of topical, lucid and thought-provoking essays confirms Veena Das as one of the most profoundly original sociologists writing in India today...'

--Indian Review of Books

CONTENTS

IIntroduction1
IIThe Anthropological Discourse on India:
Reason and its Other
25
IIINational Honour and Practical Kinship:
Of Unwanted Women and Children
55
IVCommunities as Political Actors: The Question
of Cultural Rights
84
VTime, Self, and Community:
Features of the Sikh Militant Discourse
118
VISuffering, Legitimacy and Healing
The Bhopal Case
137
VIIThe Anthropology of Pain175
Epilogue197
References210
Subject Index222
Author Index227
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