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Settlers, Saints and Sovereigns: An Ethnography of State Formation in Western India

 
Farhana Ibrahim (Author)
Synopsis An anthropological history of Kachchh, this book unfolds within the context of contemporary religious nationalism, communal; strife and border politics in Gujarat. It tries to analyse how, within these contexts, a region becomes a meaningful place for its inhabitants and how different peoples relate to locality through time, arguing that the concept of asmita (self-pride, identity) may be seen as a regional variation of Hindutava ideology in contemporary Gujarat. Ethnographically, it presents a glimpse into the lives of people who live along the Kachchh-Sindh border, or have crossed it in recent memory. It seeks to understand their views on the present and past as narratives of state formation in a border region, and how that accounts for its political borders
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Bibliographic information

Title Settlers, Saints and Sovereigns: An Ethnography of State Formation in Western India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2008
Edition Ist ed.
Language: English
isbn 415445566
length xxi+215 p.,11 Plates; 4 Maps.