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Emotions, Mobilisations and South Asian Politics

Edited By Amélie Blom, Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal Copyright 2020
    306 Pages
    by Routledge India

    306 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

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    by Routledge India

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    This book highlights the role of emotions in the contentious politics of modern South Asia. It brings new methodological, theoretical and empirical insights to the mutual constitution of emotions and mobilisations in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. As such, it addresses three distinct but related questions: what do emotions do to mobilisations? What do mobilisations do to emotions? Further, what does studying emotions in mobilisations reveal about the political culture of protest in South Asia?

    The chapters in this volume emphasise that emotions are significant in politics because they have the power to mobilise. They explore a variety of emotions including anger, resentment, humiliation, hurt, despair, and nostalgia, and also enchantment, humour, pleasure, hope and enthusiasm. The interdisciplinary research presented here shows that integrating emotions improves our understanding of South Asian politics while, conversely, focusing on South Asia helps retool current thinking on the emotional dynamics of political mobilisations. The book offers contextual analyses of how emotions are publicly represented, expressed and felt, thus shedding light on the complex nature of protests, power relations, identity politics, and the political culture of South Asia.

    This cutting-edge research volume intersects South Asian studies, emotion studies and social movement studies, and will greatly interest scholars and students of political science, anthropology, sociology, history and cultural studies, and the informed general reader interested in South Asian politics.

    1. Contentious Emotions: An Introduction PART I: Bringing Emotions Back into South Asian Political Mobilisations: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives 2. The Processes and Contexts of Emotional Involvement 3. Participatory and Adversarial Politics: Representing Speech Action, Collective Action and Emotion 4. Remembering and Accessing the ‘Emotion of Things’: A Methodological Journey with a Jihadist Militant in Pakistan PART II: Major Historical Shifts in the Public Expression of Emotions 5. Anger, Hurt and Enthusiasm: Mobilising for Violence, 1870–1920 6. From Court to Public Sphere: How Urdu Poetry’s Language of Romance Shaped the Language of Protest PART III: Subverting and Cementing Power Relations with Emotions 7. Emotions as Fuel: The Passage of Anti-Sexual Harassment Legislation in Pakistan 8. It’s Effective Because It’s Affective: The Dynamics and Significance of Emotions in a Delhi Jan Sunwai 9. The Deployment of Resentment in Counterinsurgency: The Case of Chhattisgarh PART IV: Directing Affects Across the Elusive Boundaries of the Political 10. Mobilising Anger in Andhra Pradesh: The Emotional Politics of the Angry Young Man and Popular Telugu Cinema 11. Hope and Nostalgia in Bengal: The Longing for Netaji in a Contemporary Millennial Movement 12. Dialectics of (De)Mobilisation: Humour in Islamic Sermons of Contemporary Bangladesh PART V: The Emotional Dynamics of Public Controversies 13. Hurt and Censorship in India Today: On Communities of Sentiments, Competing Vulnerabilities and Cultural Wars 14. Death, Despair, and Democracy in Bangladesh. Glossary. Index


    Amélie Blom is part of Adjunct Faculty in Political Science at Sciences Po, Paris and at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO), Paris, France. Her research addresses the politicisation of Islam in Pakistan, particularly in Punjab. Her publications include The Enigma of Islamist Violence (2007, co-edited with L. Bucaille and L. Martinez) and ‘Emotions and the Micro-foundations of Religious Activism: The Bitter-Sweet Experiences of "Born-Again" Muslims in Pakistan’ in Indian Economic and Social History Review (2017).

    Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal is a National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Research Fellow at the Center for South Asian Studies (CEIAS), Paris, France. She studies political representation, local democracy and urban governance in India. Her publications include Democratization in Progress: Women and Local Politics in Urban India (with Archana Ghosh, 2005) and Governing India’s Metropolises (co-edited with Joël Ruet, 2009).