Critical Events

An Anthropological Perspective on Contemporary India (OIP)

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ISBN:

9780199485291

Publication date:

17/01/2017

Paperback

264 pages

Price: 330.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780199485291

Publication date:

17/01/2017

Paperback

264 pages

Veena Das

Critical Events recasts the anthropological understanding of individual bodies and social bodies, as well as the creation of community by looking at moments of rupture and their implications for redefining social life in contemporary India.

Rights:  World Rights

Veena Das

Description

Critical Events recasts the anthropological understanding of individual bodies and social bodies, as well as the creation of community by looking at moments of rupture and their implications for redefining social life in contemporary India. Ranging from the Partition of India to the industrial disaster in Bhopal, the events examined in the book illuminate and transform the way anthropology generates its concepts.

About the author

Veena Das
is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Veena Das

Table of contents


Acknowledgements
Foreword by Bhrigupati Singh

I. Introduction
II. The Anthropological Discourse on India: Reason and its Other
III. National Honour and Practical Kinship: Of Unwanted Women and Children
IV. Communities as Political Actors: The Question of Cultural Rights
V. Time, Self, and Community: Features of the Sikh Militant Discourse
VI. Suffering, Legitimacy, and Healing: The Bhopal Case
VII. The Anthropology of Pain

Epilogue
Afterword by Veena Das
References
Subject Index
Author Index

Veena Das

Features

  • This new and revised edition of Critical Events includes a new Foreword by Bhrigupati Singh and an Afterword by Veena Das.

Veena Das

Review


Endorsement:

Even when first published Critical Events was far ahead of its time, in that, it was able to position contemporary developments in Indian society and politics not as providing illustrations of theory developed elsewhere but as part of the production of anthropological theory. It remains a 'critical event' in the history of Indian anthropology.
-- Roma Chatterji, professor and Head of Department, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India

Excerpt:

“ … One of the events of Critical Events is the discovery of feminine regions of the self and the world, not as polemic, not as the negation of predictable antagonists and abstractions, but as a descent into the shadows, which is also a new kind of light in which to view the world. Can I make such discoveries within myself?”
-- Excerpt from the Foreword by Bhrigupati Singh, assistant professor of anthropology, Brown University, USA

Veena Das

Description

Critical Events recasts the anthropological understanding of individual bodies and social bodies, as well as the creation of community by looking at moments of rupture and their implications for redefining social life in contemporary India. Ranging from the Partition of India to the industrial disaster in Bhopal, the events examined in the book illuminate and transform the way anthropology generates its concepts.

About the author

Veena Das
is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, USA.

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Reviews


Endorsement:

Even when first published Critical Events was far ahead of its time, in that, it was able to position contemporary developments in Indian society and politics not as providing illustrations of theory developed elsewhere but as part of the production of anthropological theory. It remains a 'critical event' in the history of Indian anthropology.
-- Roma Chatterji, professor and Head of Department, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India

Excerpt:

“ … One of the events of Critical Events is the discovery of feminine regions of the self and the world, not as polemic, not as the negation of predictable antagonists and abstractions, but as a descent into the shadows, which is also a new kind of light in which to view the world. Can I make such discoveries within myself?”
-- Excerpt from the Foreword by Bhrigupati Singh, assistant professor of anthropology, Brown University, USA

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Table of contents


Acknowledgements
Foreword by Bhrigupati Singh

I. Introduction
II. The Anthropological Discourse on India: Reason and its Other
III. National Honour and Practical Kinship: Of Unwanted Women and Children
IV. Communities as Political Actors: The Question of Cultural Rights
V. Time, Self, and Community: Features of the Sikh Militant Discourse
VI. Suffering, Legitimacy, and Healing: The Bhopal Case
VII. The Anthropology of Pain

Epilogue
Afterword by Veena Das
References
Subject Index
Author Index

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