Living With Violence: An Anthropology of Events and Everyday Life, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Living With Violence

An Anthropology of Events and Everyday Life, 1st Edition

By Roma Chatterji, Deepak Mehta

Routledge India

216 pages

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Hardback: 9780415430807
pub: 2007-03-07

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

Roma Chatterji teaches at the Department of sociology, Delhi University. Apart from her research in the subject of the state and everyday life, her interests are in folklore and print culture, governmentality, illness narratives and folk art. She has published in edited volumes and journals of international repute, and has recently completed a monograph on folklore and print culture in West Bengal.

Deepak Mehta is at the Department of Sociology, Delhi University. He works on Muslim societies in India and on the sociology of material culture. Dr Mehta is the author of Work, Ritual Biography: A Muslim Community in North India.

About the Series

Critical Asian Studies

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society