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Separatist Violence in South Asia

A comparative study, 1st Edition

By Matthew J. Webb


142 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Since decolonization began in the late 1940s, a series of often lengthy and destructive separatist insurgencies have imposed severe financial, economic and human costs upon the states of South Asia. Whereas previous analyses of these conflicts have typically focussed upon the parent state or separatist group as the relevant unit of analysis, this book adopts a broader framework, arguing that separatism cannot be understood in isolation from the concept of state sovereignty.

This book explores the motives, tactics, successes and failures of South Asia’s separatist movements by deconstructing sovereignty into its constituent components and offers an explanation for why separatism, but not political violence, has recently declined in the region. Taking a comparative explanatory viewpoint, it offers a comprehensive review of relevant explanatory theories dominant in the scholarly literature on separatism and an examination of their application to the South Asian states of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

As a thought-provoking discussion of statehood and sovereignty, this book will be of interest to students of political theory, comparative politics, international relations and South Asian politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Genesis of Conflict 3. The Conduct of Conflict 4. Redemption 5. Conclusion

About the Author

Matthew J. Webb is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. His previous publications include Kashmir’s Right to Secede: A Critical Examination of Contemporary Theories of Secession (2012) and The Political Economy of Conflict in South Asia (2015).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in South Asian Politics

This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, democracy, political economy, ideology and public policy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies