The Politics of Cultural Mobilization in India

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Item Code: IDF876
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Author: Edited By: John Zavos, Andrew Wyatt and Vernon Hewitt
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 0195668014
Pages: 268
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.7" X 5.7"
Weight 450 gm
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Issues of culture and identity and the predominance of coalition politics, as exemplified by the rise of Hindu nationalism and its presence as a feature of the National Democratic Alliance, have been the tow most salient features of Indian politics in the last two decades. This book examines these two phenomena, the linkages between them, and the impact they have had on India's polity and society.

In exploring cultural and regionalist incursions towards the political mobilization of people, this volume asks if it is legitimate to associate these two trends with each other. The papers here investigate this association and the possibilities for rethinking the relationship between politics and culture.

The interaction of culture and politics has often led to dramatic and violent images that have attracted international attention, while intellectually they have stimulated a wide and free ranging debate about what India is, and who Indians are or ought to be. Such debates reflect not just the rise of religious and regional parties, but also the attempts by their opponents to co-opt their use of cultural symbolism and local specificities in order to defeat them politically.

The essays present diverse ways in which organizations and movements have driven, capitalized upon, and been influenced by the dynamic development of culture and identity to bring about political mobilization in India.(p) This volume will be of immense interest to students and scholars of politics, history, sociology, religion, and culture studies in addition to a general audience.

About the Author:

John Zavos is Lecturer in South Asian Studies, University of Manchester and has authored The Emergence of Hindu Nationalism in India (OUP, 2000).

Andrew Wyatt is Lecturer in Politics at University of Bristol, and Vernon Hewitt is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Bristol, UK.


 De-constructing the Nation:
 Politics and Culture Mobilization in India
John Zavos, Andrew Wyatt, and Vernon Hewitt
1.Politics as Permanent Performance:
The Production of Political Authority in the Locality
Thomas Blom Hansen
2.Fire in the Belly:
The Mobilization of the Ganapati Festival in Maharashtra
Raminder Kaur
3.Rethinking West Bengal's Political Stability:
From Party Organization to Local Practices of Politics
Glyn Williams
4.The Raashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's 'Tradition
of Selfless Service'
Gwilym Beckerlegge
5.'Hindutva' as a Rural Planning Paradigm
in Post-Earthquake Gujarat
Edward Simpson
6.Heroes for our Times:
Assam's Lachit, India's Missile Man
Jayeeta Sharma
7.From Indian 'Territory to Hindu Bhoomi:
The Ethnicization of Nation-State Mapping in India
Christophe Jaffrelot
8.The Continuing Struggle for India's Jharkhand:
Democracy, Decentralization, and the Politics
of Names and Numbers
Stuart Corbridge
9.The Turn Away from Cultural Mobilization
in Contemporary Tamil Nadu
Andrew Wyatt

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