Contested Spaces: Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times

By: Meenakshi Thapan (Ed.)

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Individuals and groups negotiate increasingly complex relationships between the local, the national and the global. Contested Spaces: Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times focuses on the everyday experience of divided or contested allegiances, and foregrounds the experiential, the embodied and the emotional, while also examining the social and the cultural. Divided into three sections, this volume is broadly grouped around the themes of exclusionary practices, experiences of identity, and gender. The first section opens with a powerful commentary on the practices deployed by the state to enforce adherence to a desired narrative of the nation-state. It goes on to show how the state uses the concept of ‘time’ in schooling practices as a means for the further marginalisation and exclusion of underprivileged subjects. It also demonstrates how immigrant and minority students experience processes of ‘othering’ in multicultural/ institutional context. In discussing the question of identity, the second section analyses the role of the state and shows how immigrants, seeking to establish a legitimate place for themselves, have to constantly grapple with their dual allegiance. Issues of identity are reflected in art as well as where the state plays a role in either promoting or modifying folk art. Aesthetics, as a result, become embroiled with politics when traditional tribal art and craft become politicised—it may be deployed in protest, or co-opted to facilitate assimilation. Section three variously examines the changing nature of masculinity in Sri Lanka and its relevance to the dynamics of conflict within the self and the nation; the Buddhist Medaw nuns of Myanmar, whose heightened asceticism to create an identity for themselves is co-opted by the state; and four films made by Muslim women in the West that seek to sensitise Western audiences about the war in Afghanistan by using an approach that valourises the West and denigrates Islam and Afghanistan.Printed Pages: 284.

Title: Contested Spaces: Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times

Author Name: Meenakshi Thapan (Ed.)

Categories: India, Sociology,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2010

ISBN: 8125040927

ISBN 13: 9788125040927

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 102006

Keywords: Contested Spaces: Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times Meenakshi Thapan (Ed.)