Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India / Edition 2 by Ashutosh Varshney | 9780300100136 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
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Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India / Edition 2

by Ashutosh Varshney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300100132

ISBN-13: 9780300100136

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

What kinds of civic ties between different ethnic communities can contain, or even prevent, ethnic violence? This book draws on new research on Hindu-Muslim conflict in India to address this important question. Ashutosh Varshney examines three pairs of Indian cities—one city in each pair with a history of communal violence, the other with a history of relative

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What kinds of civic ties between different ethnic communities can contain, or even prevent, ethnic violence? This book draws on new research on Hindu-Muslim conflict in India to address this important question. Ashutosh Varshney examines three pairs of Indian cities—one city in each pair with a history of communal violence, the other with a history of relative communal harmony—to discern why violence between Hindus and Muslims occurs in some situations but not others. His findings will be of strong interest to scholars, politicians, and policymakers of South Asia, but the implications of his study have theoretical and practical relevance for a broad range of multiethnic societies in other areas of the world as well. The book focuses on the networks of civic engagement that bring Hindu and Muslim urban communities together. Strong associational forms of civic engagement, such as integrated business organizations, trade unions, political parties, and professional associations, are able to control outbreaks of ethnic violence, Varshney shows. Vigorous and communally integrated associational life can serve as an agent of peace by restraining those, including powerful politicians, who would polarize Hindus and Muslims along communal lines.

Author Bio
Ashutosh Varshney is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300100136
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................vii
Part I Arguments and Theories 1 Introduction....................3
2 Why Civil Society? Ethnic Conflict and the Existing Traditions of Inquiry....................23
Part II The National Level 3 Competing National Imaginations....................55
4 Hindu-Muslim Riots, 1950-1995: The National Picture....................87
Part III Local Variations Aligarh and Calicut: Internal and External Cleavages 5 Aligarh and Calicut: Civic Life and Its Political Foundations....................119
6 Vicious and Virtuous Circles....................149
Hyderabad and Lucknow: Elite Integration Versus Mass Integration 7 Princely Resistance to Civil Society....................171
8 Hindu Nationalists as Bridge Builders?....................201
Ahmedabad and Surat: How Civic Institutions Decline 9 Gandhi and Civil Society 219 10 Decline of a Civic Order and Communal Violence....................239
11 Endogeneity? Of Causes and Consequences....................262
Part IV Conclusions 12 Ethnic Conflict, the State, and Civil Society....................281
Appendix A Questionnaire for the Project on Hindu-Muslim Relations in India....................301
Appendix B Data Entry Protocol for the Riot Database....................309
Appendix C Regression Results: Hindu-Muslim Riots, 1950-1995....................314
Notes 319 Index 373

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