The Politics of the Urban Poor in Early Twentieth-Century India

The Politics of the Urban Poor in Early Twentieth-Century India

by Nandini Gooptu
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521443660

ISBN-13: 9780521443661

Pub. Date: 07/05/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Nandini Gooptu's magisterial history of the Indian urban poor represents a tour-de-force. By focusing on the role of the poor in caste, religious and national politics, the author demonstrates how they emerged as a major social factor in South Asia during the interwar period. The empirical material provides compelling insights into what it meant to be poor and how the…  See more details below

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Nandini Gooptu's magisterial history of the Indian urban poor represents a tour-de-force. By focusing on the role of the poor in caste, religious and national politics, the author demonstrates how they emerged as a major social factor in South Asia during the interwar period. The empirical material provides compelling insights into what it meant to be poor and how the impoverished dealt with their predicament. In this way, the book contributes to some of the most crucial debates on the nature of subaltern politics and consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521443661
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/05/2001
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society Series, #8
Pages:
490
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)
Lexile:
1890L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of tables
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Select glossary
1The study and its perspectives1
Pt. IChanging conditions and experiences in interwar north India25
2The poor in the urban setting27
3Urban local policies and the poor66
4Urban policing and the poor111
Pt. IIModes of political action and perception141
5Untouchable assertion143
6Militant Hinduism185
7Resurgent Islam244
8Nationalist action321
9Congress socialst mobilisation365
10The politics of exclusion and the 'virtuous deprived'420
Bibliography431
Index448

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