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Wages of Violence

Wages of Violence - 01 edition

Wages of Violence - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780691088402

ISBN10: 0691088403

Wages of Violence by Thomas Blom Hansen - ISBN 9780691088402
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
International: No
Wages of Violence by Thomas Blom Hansen - ISBN 9780691088402

ISBN13: 9780691088402

ISBN10: 0691088403

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01

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When Bombay changed its name to Mumbai in 1995, it was the culmination of a long process that transformed India's primary symbol of modernity and cultural diversity into a site of intense ethnic conflict and violent nationalism. Wages of Violence is a startling account of how the city's atmosphere, dominant public languages, and power structures have changed since the 1960s.

The book centers on how Shiv Sena, a militant Hindu movement, has advanced a new, ''plebeian'' political culture and has undermined democratic rule in India's premier city. Drawing on a large body of archival material and conversations with people from all walks of life, Thomas Blom Hansen paints a vivid picture of this dynamic and violent movement.

Challenging conventional views of recent trends in Indian politics, Hansen shows that the xenophobic public culture of today's Mumbai has deep roots in the region's history and its contested identities. We are also given revealing insights into the city's Muslim communities and the authorities' understanding and control of the ethno-religious subcultures in the city. Hansen argues cogently that Shiv Sena's success represents the violent possibilities of the ''vernacularization'' of democracy in India. Unfolding at a juncture where the globalization of India's economy is having a deepening impact on the lives of ordinary people, this is a story that resonates with the directions urban growth is taking both elsewhere in India and beyond.

Author Bio

Hansen, Thomas Blom : University of Edinburgh

Thomas Blom Hansen is Reader in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India (Princeton) and editor of States of the Imagination: Ethnographic Explorations of the Postcolonial State.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acronyms vii
Introduction: The Proper Name

Chapter 1: Deccan Pastoral: The Making of an Ethnohistorical Imagination in Western India
Chapter 2: Bombay and the Politics of Urban Desire
Chapter 3: "Say with Pride That We Are Hindus": Shiv Sena and Communal Populism
Chapter 4: Thane City: The Making of Politcal Dadaism
Chapter 5: Riots, Policing, and Truth Telling in Bombay
Chapter 6: In the Muslim Mohalla
Chapter 7: Living the Dream: Governance, Graft, and Goons
Conclusion: Politics as Permanent performance