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Ethnic Movement In Transition: Indeology And Culture In A Changing Society

G Palanithurai (Author) R Thandavan (Author)
Synopsis Any movement of human collectivity has its own genesis, growth and change in the course of history. Ethnic movement is no exception to this logic. Dravidian movement has taken different forms by adopting varying strategies to achieve its own objectives and met several changes in the course of fifty years. On certain aspects changes are obvious and external in nature which have been perceived differently by the members of the movement and outsiders depending on their point of departure. But academics, who have been constantly watching and analysing the behaviour of the Dravidian movement, have started reviewing the stand taken by the ethnic political parties in Indian politics from the backdrop of the established theories on ethnicity. It seems that the Dravidian movement has moved from the point of dissimilation to assimilation in the mainstream. More specifically the concept of province building has gained currency in lieu of regionalism or sub-nationalism. Yet the question, has the Dravidian movement achieved its objectives through its political parties in the past five decades remains unanswered. This work tries to give answer to this question at a limited extent apart from giving overall picture about the ethnopolitics of this region. The analysis of the issues of the Dravidian movement has indicated the failures of the existing theoretical models to explain the reality and the course of action and hence it strongly advocates a new model and for which this exercise. It is the beginning of the exercise of evolving a suitable model to explain the dynamics of the transformation in the Dravidian movement.
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About the author

G Palanithurai

G. Palanithurai teaches Political Science and Development Administration at the Post-Graduate level in Rural University, Gandhigram. Tamil Nadu, Currently he is the chairman of the Department of Politics and Public Administration. He has a number of books to his credit. Some of the important titles include Reaction and Response in Legislature, Role Perception of Legislators, A Comparative Analysis of Political Performance of DMK and AIADMK, Perspectives on Indian Regionalism,Ethnic Movement in India: Theory and Practice, Dynamics of Tamil Nadu Politics in Sri Lankan Ethnicity, Indian Polity: Myth and Reality and Management of ethnic Conflict in India and Canada He has written extensively in national and international Journals on Legislative Behaviour and Ethnicity. He has completed a major research project funded by ICSSR besides other minor projects. He was awarded Shastri Indo Canadian Institute fellowship to visit Canada and the US to write a book on Ethnic Conflict Management in Canada and India. He has undertaken major project entitled, Strategies to stimulate upward Social Mobility, with The Mother's Service Society, Pondicherry. He is actively involved in the thinktank group in Tamil Nadu to prepare an Agenda for 21st Century, Tamil Nadu. He is a life member of various professional associations.

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Title Ethnic Movement In Transition: Indeology And Culture In A Changing Society
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173912475
length xv+232p., Tables; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.