ISBN 9788132100867,Ethnic Activism and Civil Society in South Asia

Ethnic Activism and Civil Society in South Asia


David Gellner


SAGE India



SAGE India

Publication Year 2009

ISBN 9788132100867

ISBN-10 8132100867

Hard Back

Number of Pages 372 Pages
Language (English)


This volume, the second in the Governance, Conflict, and Civic Action series, examines civil society in South Asia through case studies of different kinds of ethnic (?communal?) activism. With chapters covering Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India (Darjeeling, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Tamil Nadu), it avoids the ?methodological nationalism? so frequent in social science publications on the region. The articles examine Hindu nationalism, Dalit activism in India and Nepal, and the Janajati movement in Nepal, and show how they are animated by common ideals and themes, such as emphasis on the involvement of youth, the assertion of pride and masculinity, the desire to resist injustice and reassess previously stigmatized symbols, the importance of land and belonging, and so on. South Asian civil society is a site of constant struggle. This volume shows how ethnic activists wrestle with official classifications and the categories of daily, traditional practices and attempt to turn these to their advantage, often bringing about radical social, political, and intellectual change as a result. It also argues that ethnic movements need to be investigated by social scientists as a part of civil society, and it shows how this can be done. Ethnic Activism and Civil Society in South Asia will be an ideal reference for those interested in ethnicity, sociology, political science, anthropology, and South Asian studies. Table of Contents Preface Introduction: How Civil are ?Communal? and Ethno-nationalist Movements? DAVID N GELLNER HINDU NATIONALISM AS A FORM OF ETHNIC ACTIVISM Young Men?s Public Activities and Hindu Nationalism: Naviyuvak Mandals and the Sangh Parivar in a Western Indian Town MINORU MIO Activists and Adivasis: Hindu Nationalist Militants in Chhattisgarh, Central India PEGGY FROERER THE RISE OF TRANSNATIONAL CONNECTIONS Reconstructing Jaffna: Transnational Tamil Activism at Local Interfaces EVA GERHARZ Ethnic (P)reservations: Comparing Thangmi Ethnic Activism in Nepal and India SARA B SHNEIDERMAN DALIT MOVEMENTS Becoming a Dalit Panther: Caste-based Activism in South India HUGO GORRINGE Dalit Christian Activism in Contemporary Tamil Nadu DAVID MOSSE Struggles against Domination: Forms of Nepali Dalit Activism LAURIE ANN VASILY JANAJATI ACTIVISM IN A MULTI-ETHNIC FORMER HINDU KINGDOM Intellectuals and Ethnic Activism: Writings on the Tharu Past GISELE KRAUSKOPFF Tamang Activism, History, and Territorial Consciousness MUKTA S TAMANG Ruling Social Groups?From Species to Nations: Reflections on Changing Conceptualizations of Caste and Ethnicity in Nepal MARIE LECOMTE-TILOUINE Glossary and Abbreviations Name Index Subject Index