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Everyday Peace?. Politics, Citizenship and Muslim Lives in India. Edition No. 1. RGS-IBG Book Series

  • ID: 3048780
  • Book
  • October 2015
  • Region: India
  • 248 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Winner of the 2016 Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award of the Political Geography Specialty Group at the AAG

Providing important insights into political geography, the politics of peace, and South Asian studies, this book explores everyday peace in northern India as it is experienced by the Hindu-Muslim community.
  • Challenges normative understandings of Hindu-Muslim relations as relentlessly violent and the notion of peace as a romantic endpoint occurring only after violence and political maneuverings
  • Examines the ways in which geographical concepts such as space, place, and scale can inform and problematize understandings of peace
  • Redefines the politics of peace, as well as concepts of citizenship, agency, secular politics, and democracy
  • Based on over 14 months of qualitative and archival research in the city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India
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Series Editors’ Preface viii

Acknowledgements ix

List of Abbreviations xii

Glossary xiv

List of Figures xix

1 Introduction 1

2 The Scalar Politics of Peace in India 35

3 Making Peace Visible in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks 67

4 Political life: Lived Secularism and the Possibility of Citizenship 90

5 Civic Space: Playing with Peace and Security/Insecurity 109

6 Economic Peace and the Silk Sari Market 138

7 Becoming Visible: Citizenship, Everyday Peace and the Limits of Injustice 159

8 Conclusions: Questioning Everyday Peace 176

References 191

Index 213

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Philippa Williams
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