Nationalism, Language and Identity in India: Measures of Community, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Nationalism, Language and Identity in India

Measures of Community, 1st Edition

By A P Ashwin Kumar

Routledge India

210 pages

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Hardback: 9781138615748
pub: 2019-08-23
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This book examines linguistic nationalism in India. It focuses on the emergence of language as a marker of identity by analysing themes such as linguistic reorganization of states, nationalism, philology, and linguistic identity. Formulating a novel conception of doxastic nature of community experience, the author presents a theory about nationalism as a cultural phenomenon by studying the constraints of western theological apparatuses that limit our understanding of it. The book looks at how an ecclesiastical notion of community is at the heart of the debate around linguistic and national identity — something that is redefining politics the world over.

This volume will be useful for scholars and researchers of political studies, political sociology, sociology, historical linguistics and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Language as a Problematic 1. Linguistic Reorganisation of States: A Re-examination 2. Working within the Universe of Nationalism 3. Doxastic Nature of Community Experience 4. Search for the Ursprache: The Limits of Philological Reason 5. Conclusion: Linguistic Identity: Fundamental Commitment or Doxastic Effect?


About the Author

A.P. Ashwin Kumar is Senior Fellow, Centre for Learning Futures, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, India. He has previously worked with the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore (2007-11). His research focuses on cultural difference and its implications for social theorising in general. He is also a translator between English and Kannada.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Translating & Interpreting
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies