1st Edition

Globalization and Religious Nationalism in India
The Search for Ontological Security

ISBN 9780415544504
Published May 14, 2009 by Routledge
238 Pages

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Book Description

Exploring the effects of globalization in India and the problem of identity formation, this book contributes to the theoretical and empirical debate on identity, globalization, religious nationalism and (in)security.

The author puts forward a new approach based on political psychology, to interpret identity construction, which is seen as an individualized process where interactions of the global and the local are intimately implicated. Thereby, this book presents a psychological analysis of how increased insecurity affects individuals’ and groups’ attachments to religious nationalism in an era of globalization.

Developing an interesting angle on a recognized issue of concern in the politics of South Asia, and much more broadly in the context of the contemporary world and developing global politics, this is a valuable addition to normative critical social theory and the debate on identity and culture in political science and international relations, appealing to an inter-disciplinary audience.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.  List of Abbreviations.  Part 1: Introduction  Part 2: Globalization, (In)security and Religious Nationalism  1. Globalization and Destabilization: Approaching (In)Security  2. Securitized Subjectivity: Others and the Emotional Aspects of Identity (Re)Construction  3. Nationalism and Religion as Securitizers of Subjectivity: Local Responses to Global Destabilization  Part 3: Religion and Nationalism in India  4. Situating Sikh and Hindu Nationalism  5. Globalization, Modernity and the Limitations of Sikh Nationalism  6. Globalization, Modernity and the Power of Hindu Nationalism  7. Culturalism and the Future of Identity Relations in India.  Glossary.  Notes.  Bibliography.  Index

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Catarina Kinnvall is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden. Her research interests include international relations theory and political psychology, focusing on globalization and religious nationalism in Asia. Her recent publications include Globalization and Democratization in Asia: The Construction of Identity (with Kristina Jönsson, eds).