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Theft of an Idol Text and Context in the Representation of Collective Violence

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ISBN-10: 0691026505

ISBN-13: 9780691026503

Edition: 1997

Authors: Paul R. Brass

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As collective violence erupts in many regions throughout the world, we often hear media reports that link the outbreaks to age-old ethnic or religious hostilities, thereby freeing the state, its agents, and its political elites from responsibility. Paul Brass encourages us to look more closely at the issues of violence, ethnicity, and the state by focusing on specific instances of violence in their local contexts and questioning the prevailing interpretations of them. Through five case studies of both rural and urban public violence, including police-public confrontations and Hindu-Muslim riots, Brass shows how, out of many possible interpretations applicable to these incidents, government…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/6/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 318
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Crispin Bates is Professor of Modern and Contemporary South Asian History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and Director of the Centre for South Asiannbsp;Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has published extensively on tribal, peasant and labour history in India and the history of Indian overseas migration. Hisnbsp;publications include Subalterns and Raj: South Asia since 1600 (2007); (with Subho Basu) Rethinking Indian Political Institutions (2005), Beyond Representation:nbsp;Constructions of Identity in Colonial and Postcolonial India (2005), and (with Alpa Shah) Savage Attack: Tribal Insurgency in India (2014). Between 2006 and 2008, henbsp;was the Principal…    

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