- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; 2nd Revised ed. edition (February 8, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300100132
- ISBN-13: 978-0300100136
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India 2nd Revised ed. Edition
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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He presents clear and extremely useful findings about what is useful and what is not useful in resisting violence. Specifically, his research shows that creating structures that bring people together to work for a common cause or benefit(such as Hindu-Muslim traders cooperatives, joint community development committees, peace committees, etc.) has a marked effect in reducing violence.
I present Varshney's findings in a variety of settings worldwide and find audiences always highly responsive. My students love the book and find Varshney's ideas so clear and insightful that the often refer back to him later.
This book in my view is an example of scholarship at its best: well-designed, provocative, clear in its conclusions. On top of that is it unusually lucid in writing style. I consider it a "classic" - a book that will endure for many years and that deserves to be on the shelf of any serious student of ethnic or religious violence.
You can read the first and last few chapters and get the real benefits of the book.
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Eastern Mennonite University
He is blaming Muslims for the riots. Nothing can be further than the truth. Muslims are not in power hence can do nothing with no administration and police support. They don't make policies nor laws and have practically no say in any thing. One wonders how one can orchestrate riots that Mr. AShutosh is accusing the Muslims of. Defies logic.
The problem is they have been sidelined from all departments of Indian and State Governments as a matter of State Policies. They have been singled out for discrimination in all walks of life. Without State Policy helping them to be driven out of the mainstream this could not happen.
Muslims are also Indians and must not be discriminated at any cost. Their presence must be made to be felt in all Government and Private services, only then can we say that we are a great secular democracy. They are a sizable chunk of the Indian population. Rajiv Gandhi at least had realised the need to uplift Muslims and was thinking in the right direction until Narasimha Rao took over and derailed the process yet again.
The problem is Muslims do not read the constitution and take people like Narasimha Rao and Narender Modi to courts.
I plead with Mr. Ashutosh to be more sympathetic to their co-citizens and understand their needs and plight. It hardly matters what religion one propheses in a secular India. Or does it?
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