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The context of Ethnicity - Sikh Identity in a Comparative Perspective
The context of Ethnicity - Sikh Identity in a Comparative Perspective

The context of Ethnicity - Sikh Identity in a Comparative Perspective

by Dipankar Gupta

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Language

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

0195643917 - Year: 2002 - Pages: 241

Binding

Paperback

Dipankar Gupta

Author: Dipankar Gupta
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 241
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195643917

Description

This work questions the widely held conceptualization of nation-states and ascriptive identities, through a study of Sikh extremism in the Punjab. The author argues that contrary to popular opinion, regional sympathies can co-exist with nationalist loyalty.

In this book the author maintains that viewing ethnic conflict in terms of cultural exclusiveness and intolerance prevents us from comprehending how friends and enemies switch sides radically even within a relatively short span of time. Ethnic identities are not fixed and permanent, but dynamic and have to be located within specific sociological co-ordinates. To this end, Dipankar Gupta uses ethnographic material relating primarily to the Punjab problem, with comparative references to the Shiv Sena movement, on which has he done considerable work. He argues for a triadic framework where the interaction between warring dyads is contextualised by the thematics of the nation-state. He thus attempts to separate ethnicity from the related phenomena of communalism and fundamentalism.

EXCERPTS FROM REVIWES:

Here is a painstakingly researched and utter honest attempt at analyzing and presenting the Sikh problem in a proper perspective.
= The Hindu

This book not only provides a fresh perspective on one of the most critical periods of Independent India, but also gives us some important clues to understand other similar problems both inside and outside the country.
=Business Standard

Contents

Tables

PART I - AUTHENTICATING THE NATION-STATE

Contextualizing Ethnicity
Partition Makes the nation-State
The Indispensable Center

PART II - ETHNICIZATION OF PUNJAB

Punjab: the making of an Ethnic Consciousness
The Sikh Imago
Against the primacy of the Cultural Logic

PART III - APOSTROPHES

Ascriptive Rivalries and Historical Consciousness
>From Dyad to Triad: A Critique of Postmodern Construction of Identity

APPENDIX

Between General and Particular 'Other': Some Observations on Fundamentalism
The Anandpur Sahib Resolution
Samples of Sikh Extremist Releases

Glossary
References
Index

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