Speaking Like a State Language and Nationalism in Pakistan

ISBN-10: 1107404436

ISBN-13: 9781107404434

Edition: 2012

Authors: Alyssa Ayres
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Description: This book was first published in 2009. Alyssa Ayres' fascinating study examines Pakistan's troubled history by exploring the importance of culture to political legitimacy. Early leaders selected Urdu as the natural symbol of the nation's great cultural past, but due to its limited base great efforts would be required to make it truly national. This paradox underscores the importance of cultural policies for national identity formation. By comparing Pakistan's experience with those of India and Indonesia, the author analyzes how their national language policies led to very different outcomes. The lessons of these large multiethnic states offer insights for the understanding of culture, identity, and nationalism throughout the world. The book is aimed at scholars in the fields of history, political theory, and South Asian studies, as well as those interested in the history of culture and nationalism in one of the world's most complex, and challenging, countries.

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Book details

List price: $46.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

List of illustrations
List of tables
Acknowledgments
Note on transliteration
Introduction
Articulating a new nation
Urdu and the nation
The nation and its margins
The case of Punjab, part I: elite efforts
The case of Punjab, part II: popular culture
History and local absence
Bringing back the local past
Speaking like a state: language planning
Religion, nation, language
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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