29 August, 2012

Region, Culture, and Politics in India

Region, Culture, and Politics in India

By- Rajendra Vora and Anne Feldhaus (eds)

In recent decades the South Asian subcontinent has seen an often-contentious nationalistic and rationalistic splintering which sometimes leads to horrifyingly bloody consequences. In India the process of transforming conceptual and cultural regions into administrative and political units continues to this day, with ever-more-refined regional identities becoming the basis for carving up larger states into smaller ones. For centuries there have also been many regions in India that provide a framework for people’s cultural lives without attaining political salience. 

This book presents a multidisciplinary study of the processes through which regions and
regional consciousness get formed and maintained in India. The fourteen essays brought together here examine various modes through which people in different parts of India express, create, and foster a sense of their area as a distinct, coherent, and significant unit to which they belong in some important way. The modes examined include language, oral and written literature, festivals, pilgrimages, everyday rituals, domestic wall-calendars, caste identity, religious identity, and political movements. The contributors to the volume belong to a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences: linguistics, literature, folklore, history, religious studies, sociology, and political science. The regions they discuss range in location from Kerala to Punjab, and in size from a few square kilometers of the Sringeri area to the whole Hindi-speaking region of north India, with two essays focusing on a single city each.

Rajendra Vora is Lokmanya Tilak Professor of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Pune..

Anne Feldhaus is Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. She has published more than ten books and twenty articles on the religious history and geography of Maharashtra.

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