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Ethnicity in the East and North-east India

Sanjay K. Roy (Editor) Rajatsubhra Mukhopadhyay (Editor)

The contributors from various social science disciplines discuss the modes of ethnic construction in the eastern and north-east region of India. They argue that there are forces in the liberal democratic order that exploit and alienate the downtrodden who are denied access to resources and opportunities, being ‘lower castes’, ‘minorities’ and ‘subaltern classes’. Stating that growing deprivation and exploitation finds articulation in caste, community and ethnic movements, they examine the failings of such movements, such as their making political alignments with the mainstream political parties by which the leaders and the elite in the groups benefit even as the real issues of the community are ignored. They focus on the movement for a separate state of Kosal (Odisha), identity formation among Rajbangshis and Adivasis (Assam-Bengal), and the Rabha ethnic movement (Assam). A paper deals with the ethnic consciousness among the Hindus and the Muslims in Ahmedabad after the Gujarat riots.

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About the author

Sanjay K. Roy

Sanjay K. Roy, Reader, Department of Sociology, North Bengal University, West Bengal, had his Ph.D. from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, and pursued post-Doctoral research at the University of Sussex (UK) and University of Wollongong (Australia). Dr. Roy has edited a volume on Refugees and Human Rights (2001) and contributed a good number of research papers to the leading journals, volumes and to national and international seminars/workshops. His areas of interest include sociological theories, urban poor, refugee studies, political sociology and gender studies. Dr. Roy has completed a number of reserch projects; the latest being Gender Profile of Tribes of North Bengal, which has been carried out for the Centre for Women's Studies, North Bengal University.

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Title Ethnicity in the East and North-east India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.01.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788121212557
length 291p., 22cm.