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Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India's Present Narratives from Orissa

Angana P. Chatterji (Author)
Synopsis Violent Gods: Hindu nationalism in India’s Present: Narratives from Orissa is an erudite and elegiac exploration of Hindu nationalism in India today. It offers a revealing account of Hindu militant mobilizations as an authoritarian movement manifesto thoughout culture, polity, and economy, religion and law, class and caste, on gender, body, land, and memory Tracing the  continuities between Hindutva and Hindu cultural dominance, this book maps the architectures of civic and despotic governmentallitics contouring Hindu nationalism in public, domestic, and everyday life. In chronicling concerted action against Christians and Muslims, Adivasis and dalits, through spectacles, events, public executions, the riots in Kandhamal of December 2007 and August- Sptenber 2008, the planned, methodical politics of terror unfolds in its multiple registers. At the intersections of Anthropology, Postcolonial, Subaltern, and South Asia Studies, Angana P. Chatterji asks critical questions of nation making, cultural nationalism, and subaltern disenfranchisement. As a Foucauldian history of the  present, this text asserts the role of ethical knowledge production as counter-memory.

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About the author

Angana P. Chatterji

Angana P. Chatterji is associate professor of Social and Cultural anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Her work spans issues of cultural survival, nation/ nationalisms, gendered violence, and postcolonial critique. Her recent writings include two forthcoming books, Land and Justice: The Struggle for Cultural survival, and a co-edited volume, contesting Nation: Gendered Violence in South Asia; Notes on the Postcolonial Present.

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Title Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India's Present Narratives from Orissa
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.03.2009
Edition Ist ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188789453
length xii+469p., Bibliography; Index; 22cm.