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Routine Violence: Nations, Fragments, Histories (Cultural Memory in the Present) Hardcover – November 2, 2005
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"The clarity and passion with which Pandey critiques Hindu nationalism, the rigor he applies to his analysis of national belonging, communitarian sentiment, and the possibilities (and pitfalls) of "the practice of coexistence" are invigorating and thought-provoking... The book is eloquent, urgent, and important... Where Pandey critically deconstructs particular discourses, specific phenomena, and certain events, his writing is incisive, his language fluid and fast-moving, and his manner of analysis inspiring." (H-Net Reviews)
"Pandeys empirically rich, analytically sophisticated, and theoretically constructive book is an exemplar of subaltern studies... This may be the most thorough reanalysis of postpartition India to date." (Perspectives on Politics)
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The book takes its material from the history of twentieth-century India: the land of Gandhi and of effective nonviolent resistance to British colonial rule. It asks questions about how particular histories are claimed as the “real” histories of a nation; how the “sacred” nation, and its (“mainstream”) culture and politics, come to be constructed; and how a certain inducement to violence, and a collective amnesia regarding that violence, follow from all of this.
This is the first book to engage in a sustained investigation of the routine political violence of our times.
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