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The Other Lucknow: An Ethnographic Portrait of a City of Undying Memories and Nostalgia

Nadeem Hasnain (Author)

The Other Lucknow There are few cities in the world that evoke the same nostalgia among its inhabitants, visitors and historians as Lucknow. Perhaps, Delhi and Calcutta are the only two cities in South Asia on which more has been written. In the case of Lucknow, most of the published scholarship focused on 1857, historical monuments and the Nawabi palace life and culture. This fascination with the Nawabi era is largely responsible for the neglect of various other aspects of Lucknow such as its social fabric (castes, sects, occupational groups and communities), the subaltern and the marginalised sections of the society, problems and plight of the artisans, Sunni-Shia violence, local landmarks, vanishin/dying skills, its Bollywood connection, people from outside the state of Uttar Pradesh who have made Lucknow their home and have enriched it, several other issues and the virtual metamorphosis of Lucknow. This study is an attempt to grapple with the present but not severing ties with the past because the wholesale loss of memory makes a city characterless. The present study maintains that the nostalgia and the undying memories must be there in the face of modernization. In the process of transformation, Lucknow should not be allowed to become a 'city of amnesia. There has to be a closer association between the 'tradition and the 'modernity. In a way, this study may also be seen as an 'ethnographic portrait of Lucknow in the tone and tenor of 'auto ethnography.

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About the author

Nadeem Hasnain

Nadeem Hasnain is a professor of social anthropology at University of Lucknow, ucknow (India). He did his Master's and Ph.D. from the same department founded by D.N. Majumdar, one of the doyens of anthropology in India. Currently he is one of the editors of The Eastern Anthropologist and also the founder-editor of a newly launched journal, Islam and Muslim Societies: A Social Science Journal. He is also heading a multi-disciplinary research organization Centre for Social Action and Development devoted to research and advocacy of the disadvantaged sections of Indian society and based at Lucknow. He has published a number of books and papers in reputed journals. His popular books include Tribal India, Indian Anthropology, Indian Society and Culture: Continuity and Change and OBC Communities in the Process of change in India some of which have been translated into several Indian languages. Two of his field based studies Bonded For Ever and Shias and Shia Islam in India: A Study in Society and culture have been widely acclaimed as seminal contributions. An academician-activist, he is also involved with the mass media and writes in popular magazines and newspapers in English, Hindi and Urdu.

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Title The Other Lucknow: An Ethnographic Portrait of a City of Undying Memories and Nostalgia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.08.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Vani Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 9789352294206
length 344p., Illustrations; Colour; 25cm.