Spaces and Places in Western India: Formations and Delineations

1st Edition

Bina Sengar, Laurie Hovell McMillin

Routledge India
September 25, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 244 Pages - 30 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815392583 - CAT# K343121


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This proposed book examines places and spaces in western India both as geographical locations and imagined constructs. It explores the many ways that spaces in the Maharashtra region have been constructed over time and how these reflect in art and architecture, literature and religious texts, political movements and in creations of identity. Historically, Maharashtra was at the crossroads of cultural connection and has been shaped by the interactions of many people moving through and settling in the region. Consequently, numerous cultural constructions offer rich sites for exploring constructions of space and place, both in historical and contemporary settings. The rich examples analyzed in this volume include, Maratha architecture, Mahanubhav pilgrimage sites, examples of bhakti and Sufi literature, Maharashtrian Sikh identity, and Girgaon, a contested space in Mumbai. Taking a multidimensional approach—engagements from social sciences, humanities, scientific studies pertaining to geography—this book widens the scope of academic discussions on the theme of space and place.

This volume will be useful for scholars and researchers of history, cultural studies, city studies, sociology.

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