Settlers, Saints and Sovereigns: An Ethnography of State Formation in Western India

1st Edition

Farhana Ibrahim

Routledge India
Published December 31, 2008
Reference - 252 Pages
ISBN 9780415445566 - CAT# RU50034
Series: Critical Asian Studies

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Summary

This book is an anthropological study located along India’s western border with Pakistan. The core arguments are situated within the context of contemporary religious nationalism, communal strife, and border politics in the Indian state of Gujarat. It seeks to understand how, within these contexts, a region becomes a meaningful place for its inhabitants and how different peoples relate to locality through time. Theoretically, the book builds on available anthropological literatures on state formation and border politics to interrogate the presumed impermeability of nationalist discourse and territorial boundaries.

 

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