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Ethnic Conflict And Civic Life
Ethnic Conflict And Civic Life

Ethnic Conflict And Civic Life

by Ashutosh Varshney

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Language

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

0195672429 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 382

Binding

Paperback

Ashutosh Varshney

Author: Ashutosh Varshney
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 382
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195672429

Description

This pioneering study examines the history of communal violence and peace across pairs of Indian cities to discern why violence between Hindus and Muslims occur in some situations but not in others. The paperback edition includes a new preface where the author responds to scholarly reactions to his work. This book will interest scholars across disciplines, activists, journalists, policymakers, and an informed general audience.

REVIEWS

South Asian scholars and social scientists will have to read Varshney, they will cite him, and they will learn from him.
-Susanne H Rudolph, University of Chicago

An extraordinary achievement.
-Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Outlook

It is a systematic attempt at examining and establishing the relationship between the structure of civic life and the presence of ethnic or communal violence in India.
-Haseeb A Drabu, Business Standard

Varshney's inspired and inspiring book offers a plausible theoretical framework to understand why the bigots fail or succeed as well as a practical strategy to ensure that they are kept on a tight leash.
-Dileep Padgaonkar, Times of India

Contents

PREFACE TO THE PAPERBACK EDITION

PREFACE TO THE INDIAN EDITION

PREFACE

PART I: ARGUMENTS AND THEORIES

Introduction
Why Civil Society? Ethnic Conflict and the Existing Traditions of Inquiry

PART II: THE NATIONAL LEVEL

Competing National Imaginations
Hindu-Muslim Riots, 1950-1995: The National Picture

PART III: LOCAL VARIATIONS

Aligarh and Calicut: Civic Life and Its Political Foundations
Vicious and Virtuous Circles
Princely Resistance to Civil Society
Hindu Nationalists as Bridge Builders?
Gandhi and Civil Society
Decline of a Civic Order and Communal Violence
Endogeneity? Of Causes and Consequences

PART IV: CONCLUSIONS

Ethnic Conflict, the State, and Civil Society

Appendix A: Questionnaire for the Project on Hindi-Muslim Relations in India
Appendix B: Data Entry Protocol for the Riot Database
Appendix C: Regression Results: Hindu-Muslim Riots, 1950-1995

Notes

Index

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