ISBN 9780761994398,Ethnicity and Nation-building in South Asia

Ethnicity and Nation-building in South Asia


SAGE India



SAGE India

Publication Year 2000

ISBN 9780761994398

ISBN-10 0761994394


Number of Pages 460 Pages
Language (English)


First published in 1989, this widely hailed core text of the dynamics of ethnic identities and movements in the South Asian region is perhaps even more relevant today, as the region faces a resurgence of ethno-nationalist sentiments and the outbreak of new ethnic conflict. Among the features of this thoroughly revised edition are: - it provides a critical appraisal of various theoretical approaches to the study of ethnicity and nation-building - delineates the ethnic composition of the South Asian Region - examines the specific state structures of the countries studied: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives - discusses various ethnic movements in these countries - covers the most recent developments in the region Table of Contents Preface to the First Edition Introduction Ethnicity and Nation-building: Approaches and Issues Ethnic Groups in South Asia: An Overview South Asian States? Systems: Diverse Patterns, Similar Tendencies Central Leadership and Ethnicity: Perspectives, Policies and Strategies Ethnic Movements: Dynamics of Demand-Divergence Ethnic Dynamics of Autonomist and Secessionist Demands Ethnic Separatism: External Dimensions Conclusion Endnotes Select Bibliography Index