Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India / Edition 2
  • Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India / Edition 2
  • Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India / Edition 2

Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India / Edition 2

by Ashutosh Varshney
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300100136
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
Pt. IArguments and Theories
1Introduction3
2Why Civil Society? Ethnic Conflict and the Existing Traditions of Inquiry23
Pt. IIThe National Level
3Competing National Imaginations55
4Hindu-Muslim Riots, 1950-1995: The National Picture87
Pt. IIILocal Variations
5Aligarh and Calicut: Civic Life and Its Political Foundations119
6Vicious and Virtuous Circles149
7Princely Resistance to Civil Society171
8Hindu Nationalists as Bridge Builders?201
9Gandhi and Civil Society219
10Decline of a Civic Order and Communal Violence239
11Endogeneity? Of Causes and Consequences262
Pt. IVConclusions
12Ethnic Conflict, the State, and Civil Society281
App. AQuestionnaire for the Project on Hindu-Muslim Relations in India301
App. BData Entry Protocol for the Riot Database309
App. CRegression Results: Hindu-Muslim Riots, 1950-1995314
Notes319
Index373

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