Some Trouble with Cows: Making Sense of Social Conflict / Edition 1

Some Trouble with Cows: Making Sense of Social Conflict / Edition 1

by Beth Roy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520083423

ISBN-13: 9780520083424

Pub. Date: 08/24/1994

Publisher: University of California Press

Fascinating in its combination of personal stories and analytical insights, Some Trouble with Cows will help students of conflict understand how a seemingly irrational and archaic riot becomes a means for renegotiating the distribution of power and rights in a small community. Using first-person accounts of Hindus and Muslims in a remote Bangladeshi village, Beth Roy…  See more details below

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Fascinating in its combination of personal stories and analytical insights, Some Trouble with Cows will help students of conflict understand how a seemingly irrational and archaic riot becomes a means for renegotiating the distribution of power and rights in a small community. Using first-person accounts of Hindus and Muslims in a remote Bangladeshi village, Beth Roy evocatively describes and analyzes a large-scale riot that profoundly altered life in the area in the 1950s. She provides a rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of the participants and their families, while touching on a range of broader issues that are vital to the sociology of communities in conflict: the changing meaning of community; the impact of the state on local society; the nature of memory; and the force of neighborly enmity in reshaping power relationships during periods of change. Roy's findings illustrate important theoretical issues in psychology and sociology, and her conclusions will greatly interest students of ethnic/race relations, conflict resolution, the sociology of violence, agrarian society, and South Asia.

Author Biography: Beth Roy lived in India from 1965 to 1972 and has returned frequently. She is the author of BullockCarts and Motor Bikes (1972) and On a Tree of Trouble: Tribes of India in Crisis (1974). She has a doctorate in sociology and currently lives in San Francisco, where she practices mediation and writes and teaches about communities in conflict.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520083424
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/24/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Maps
The Cast of Characters
Introduction1
Pt. 1Making Trouble
1The Quarrel13
2The Decision48
3The Riot72
4Intervention and Punishment91
5Reconciliation and Thereafter111
Pt. 2Making Sense
6Lessons of Panipur125
7Self and Decision137
8Community and Identity153
9History and Ideology169
10Bringing History Home184
Appendix A: Chronology195
Appendix B: Land Relations in Panipur197
Notes199
Names and Terms211
Bibliography217
Index229

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