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Kamran Asdar Ali, Surkh Salam: Communist Politics and Class Activism in Pakistan 1947-1972

Hussain, Salman (23 nov. 2016)

In his “red salute” to Communism in Pakistan, Surkh Salam: Communist Politics and Class Activism in Pakistan (1947-1972), Kamran Asdar Ali traces the early history of the Communist party and its politics in the country. Ali focuses on three main sites of radical politics during the period under ...

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‘I Never Held Money with my Teeth’: Constructions of Exemplarity in Abul Fazl Farooqi’s Nasheb-o-Faraz

Gayer, Laurent (30 mai 2013)

Although life-stories have been playing a central role in the construction of exemplarity in South Asia for centuries, the autobiographical genre was a latecomer on the region’s literary scene. It only developed in the late nineteenth, early 20th century and was constrained by conventional ‘ ...

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Meeting at the Edges: Spaces, Places and Grassroots Governance Activism in Delhi

Webb, Martin (19 déc. 2013)

Through ethnography of activist organisations promoting transparency, accountability and active citizenship, and comprising coalitions of the city’s middle classes and urban poor, this article explores the spaces in which activists from different social backgrounds meet and carry out their work. ...

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Introduction. The Moral and Affectual Dimension of Collective Action in South Asia

Blom, Amélie et al. (30 mai 2013)

‘No politics’ says the roaring tiger that illustrates this special issue of SAMAJ. This sticker was bought from a street vendor in Kanpur, a city located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, during a celebration of the Ambedkar jayanti (birthday commemoration) in 2008. It is highly indicative ...

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The ‘Righteous Anger’ of the PowerlessInvestigating Dalit Outrage over Caste Violence

Jaoul, Nicolas (31 déc. 2008)

This contribution brings to our attention a Dalit (‘untouchable’) protest movement against caste violence (the 2006 Khairlanji massacre). Although anger is supposedly an emotion used in an open and demonstrative manner by the powerful as a means to enact their domination, the Dalit movement ...

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Naming Beyond Pointing: Singularity, Relatedness and the Foreshadowing of Death

Das, Veena (30 oct. 2015)

This paper argues for a theory of naming beyond the philosophical concerns with proper names as the test case for theories of reference. Moving forward from anthropological concerns of naming practices as forms of convention, I argue that names in the Indian tradition participate in a wider ...

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Anand Teltumbde, Khairlanji. A Strange and Bitter Crop

Jaoul, Nicolas (22 janv. 2010)

The importance of the Khairlanji events lies partly, but not mainly, in the exceptional degree of cruelty displayed by the village mob when it engaged, in broad daylight, in the murder and collective rape of four members of a Dalit family. After all, events of caste-based violence have occurred ...

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Introduction. Modelling Exemplarity in South Asia

Gayer, Laurent et al. (25 juin 2013)

In 2007, Prashant Tamang, a young Indian police officer of Nepalese origin, became the winner of the third edition of the television show ‘Indian Idol’. This victory was made possible by the mobilization of Tamang’s profession—the Indian Police force—and of his ethnic community­—Indians ...

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The ‘Land of the Vaish’? Caste Structure and Ideology in Mauritius

Claveyrolas, Mathieu (27 mai 2015)

Mauritius has been an independent nation since 1968. It was founded on the history and structures of a plantation society and is mainly inhabited by descendants of Indian (and Hindu) indentured labourers. The question of the caste system’s ‘transfer’ or disappearance among Hindu Mauritians is ...

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Dispossession by ‘Development’: Corporations, Elites and NGOs in Bangladesh

Ahasan, Abu et al. (22 avr. 2016)

In this article, which is based around two case studies of extractive multinationals in Bangladesh we show how the multinationals concerned worked with states, local elites and national NGOs in order to gain access to land and resources. In negotiating these complex relationships the multinationals ...

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