Spectacular Politics: Performative Nation-Building Religion in Modern India

By: Clemens Six

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None ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. How does one explain the historical processes through which abstract ideas such as the idea of a nation become a motivation for mass mobilization, political re-organization and even violence on a large scale? This book seeks to find answers to this question in the context of India s modern history during its long eventful 20th century. Starting from the early stages of Gandhian mass mobilization after the First World War and subsequently proceeding to more recent examples of Hindu-nationalism, the book analyzes spectacular politics as a distinct form of political communication. It thereby seeks to understand not only how the idea of the nation turned into the most powerful political idea in modern India, but also how political communication and mobilization work in an extremely heterogeneous and fragmented society. As Indian society becomes more and more involved in globalization and internationalization, many seemingly self-evident paradigms of India s self-understanding such as its national identity, democracy, or secularism are once again subject to intense political controversies and social confrontations. Finally the example of religiously motivated terrorism illustrates the profound ambivalence of performative politics between inclusive, even participatory effects on the one hand and destabilizing, even destructive consequences of those political discourses, which emphasize their form as much as their content. Printed Pages: 264

Title: Spectacular Politics: Performative Nation-Building Religion in Modern India

Author Name: Clemens Six

Categories: History, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors: 2012

ISBN: 817304886X

ISBN 13: 9788173048869

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 1200724

Keywords: Spectacular Politics: Performative Nation-Building Religion in Modern India Clemens Six