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Militant And Migrant: Contemporary Politics and Social History Of Punjab

 
Radhika Chopra (Author)
Synopsis
This book is a study of the transformations in Punjab created by biotechnological revolutions, economic restructuring, persistent migrations, and political upheaval in the late 20th century. The sacred centre at Amritsar, the transnational settlement of Southall and a Doaba village form the terrain for this — three sites that can seen as metonymic spaces of identity that transcend geographic boundaries, and form the structure of this book.

Relations between the rural, the sacred and the transnational, fostered through migration, marriage and material exchange, existed well before 1984. After 1984, however, and through the violent decades of the militancy period, these three locations became connected via the circulation of political ideologies, violent deaths, financial aid, a sense of disaffection, and the migration of men. Analysis of the linkages between transnational migration and religious revival is a key theme of this study.

Conversely, the enhanced engagements of the diaspora with homeland politics became a source of support and created sanctuary spaces for political asylum seekers and transnational migrant labour. Re-analysing existing material and drawing on fieldwork-based interviews, as well as local history archives, the book presents a different framework to analyse the politics and social history of Punjab.
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About the author

Radhika Chopra

Radhika Chopra is Reader, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi. Her research focus is on gender and masculinity. She was co-chair of the UN Expert Group which prepared the document ‘Role of Men and Boys in Achieving gender Equality’, adopted at the Commission for the Status of Women in March 2004. Her previous publications include From Violence to Supportive Practice: Family, Gender and Masculinities in India (edited, 2002), and South Asian Masculinities: Context of Change, Sites of Continuity (co-edited with Caroline Osella and Filippo Osella, 2004).

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Bibliographic information

Title Militant And Migrant: Contemporary Politics and Social History Of Punjab
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780415598002
length 208p., Bibliography; Index; 24cm.