This book gives a detailed account of the ‘communal riots’ between Hindus and Muslims in Mumbai in 1992-93. It departs from the historiography of the riot, which assumes that Hindu-Muslim conflict is independent of the participants of the violence.
Speaking to and interacting with the residents of Dharavi, the largest shanty town in the city, the authors collected a wide range of narrative accounts of the violence and the procedures of rehabilitation that accompanied the violence. The authors juxtapose these narrative accounts with public documents exploring the role language, work, housing and rehabilitation have on the day-to-day life of people who live with violence.
1. Nation, State and Violence in Dharavi 2. Documents and Testimony: Violence, Witnessing and Subjectivity in the Bombay Riots 1992-93 3. Boundaries, Names, Alterities: The Riot in Dharavi 4. Communal Violence, Public Spaces and the Unmaking of Men 5. Plans, Habitation and Slum Redevelopment: The Production of Community 6. Governmental Technologies and Institutional Practice: NGOs and the Slum Dwellers’ Voice. Bibliography. Index
Critical Asian Studies is devoted to in-depth studies of emergent social and cultural phenomena in the countries of the region. While recognizing the important ways in which the specific and often violent histories of the nation-state have influenced the social formations in this region, the hooks in this series also examine the processes of translation, exchange, boundary crossings in the linked identities and histories of the region. The authors in this series engage with social theory through ethnographically grounded research and archival work.