Living With Violence: An Anthropology of Events and Everyday Life

1st Edition

Roma Chatterji, Deepak Mehta

Routledge India
Published March 7, 2007
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9780415430807 - CAT# RU3081Z
Series: Critical Asian Studies


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This book gives a detailed account of the ‘communal riots’ between Hindus and Muslims in Mumbai in 1992-93. It departs from the historiography of the riot, which assumes that Hindu-Muslim conflict is independent of the participants of the violence.

Speaking to and interacting with the residents of Dharavi, the largest shanty town in the city, the authors collected a wide range of narrative accounts of the violence and the procedures of rehabilitation that accompanied the violence. The authors juxtapose these narrative accounts with public documents exploring the role language, work, housing and rehabilitation have on the day-to-day life of people who live with violence.

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