Identity, cultural pluralism and state : South Asia in perspective!

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DK Number: DK-201129
ISBN: 0230638597
Imprint: New Delhi : Anthropological Survey of India, in association with Macmillan Publishers India,
Physical Desc.: xxiv, 541 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Series Information: (Macmillan advanced research series)
Year: 2009
Price: USD 99.45
Nature Or Scope: Contributed articles.
Subject Strings: Ethnicity--India.
Ethnicity--South Asia.
Cultural pluralism--India.
Cultural pluralism--South Asia.
Identity politics--India.
Identity politics--South Asia.

Series: Macmillan advanced research series

The volume, based on an international conference, examines issues relating to adjustment of culturally pluralistic societies of South Asia. The focus is on the politics of religion and the syncretic cultural and linguistic traditions of the region, with discussions on minority languages and cultural pluralism among other themes. Specialists from different countries present articles dealing with local cultures, recognition of all layers of identities in communities, intercultural communication and cultural confrontations. They are concerned with the monolithic identity of Nepalis in India, cultural conflicts and compromise of the Mahili ethnic community in Bangladesh and the Muslim traditions in contemporary South Asia. With specific reference to India where, it is stressed, there has been accommodation of cultural diversities, they take up general aspects such as citizenship, nationhood and federalism in India as well as discuss questions of identity by referring to communities and situations in the states of India. They deal with the role of the Bauls, the tradition-oriented syncretists, the Indian Jews in multicultural setting, the syncretic traditions of Indian Sufism and the evolution of the social identity of the Rajbansis, an ethnic group of north-eastern Bengal. Throughout, there are references to Indian history, religious developments and social theories that throw light on the evolution and adjustments between cultural and religious traditions in the past and modern perceptions of them that even try to re-define them. The book will prove immensely valuable for anthropologists, sociologists, historians and linguists for future scholastic discourse. It is also meant for general readers interested in the evolution of society and culture of South Asia. N. K. Das and V. R. Rao are associated with the Anthropological Survey of India.

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