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ISBN 9788132111665
Publisher

SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13

ISBN 9788132111665

ISBN-10 8132111664
Binding

Hard Back

Number of Pages 284 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Politics

The Nellie Massacre of 1983 is an attempt to search for clues from the narratives of attackers and survivors of the incident, which are fragmented and sometimes contradictory to each other. The key focus of the book is on the local decision making processes of the riot agents in deciding to use collective violence against another group community ethnicity especially in the context of rural India. By using the case study of the Nellie massacre, the author attempts to argue that rioters have their own agency and decision-making power and were not mere puppets of ideology and structural causes. Instead, they interpreted the circumstances in their own way and decided to riot. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2. How to Interpret Riots: Theories on Collective Violence and the Question of Agency in Contemporary South Asia 3. Locating the Anti-foreigners Movement in the Context of Assamese Nationalism 4. Election Boycott and the Nellie Incident 5. Agency of the Rioters: A Study of Decision-making in the Nellie Massacre 6. Memories of the Massacre Conclusion
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