"An outstanding work of social science, one of the most important studies of ethnic violence to appear in many years." Samuel P. Huntington, author of The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order "An important breakthrough in understanding the problem of ethnic conflict globally." Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone, as quoted in the New York Times "A lasting contribution to our understanding of how to tackle the roots of communal violence in India." Radha Kumar, Foreign Affairs
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"A landmark synthesis. Varshney's comparison of communal violence and tranquillity in urban India is lucid, theoretically self-conscious, original, and empirically convincing. It should launch a veritable flotilla of comparable studies of civil life in its admirable wake." James C. Scott, Yale University "Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life is an outstanding work of social science, one of the most important studies of ethnic violence to appear in many years. This book will decisively shape future scholarly research on this subject and deserves to have an important impact on public policy concerning ethnic conflict." Samuel P. Huntington, author of The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order "Varshney's rich findings about what types of civil society organizations and activities help contain religious conflict and which do not open up a whole new agenda for theorists and activists alike." Alfred Stepan, author of Arguing Comparative Politics "Varshney has taken us a long way in understanding intra-Indian variations in communal violence, and he leaves a set of unanswered questions for future research. What more can be asked from a work of social science?" David Laitin, Stanford University "South Asia scholars and social scientists will have to read Varshney, they will cite him, and they will learn from him." Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, University of Chicago
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