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Production of postcolonial India and Pakistan : meanings of partition

Author: Ted Svensson
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2013.
Series: Interventions (Routledge (Firm))
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"This work seeks to examine the event and concurrent transition that the inauguration of India and Pakistan as 'postcolonial' states in August 1947 constituted and effectuated. Analysing India and Pakistan together in a parallel and mutually dependant reading, and utilizing primary data and archival materials, Svensson offers new insights into the current literature, seeking to conceptualise independence through  Read more...
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Svensson, Ted.
Production of postcolonial India and Pakistan.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2013
(DLC) 2012050185
(OCoLC)754734208
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ted Svensson
ISBN: 9781135022143 1135022143 9780203767108 0203767101 9780203767108
OCLC Number: 855333732
Description: 1 online resource (x, 200 pages).
Contents: Introduction --
What (Kind of) Independence? --
Caught in the Parallax: Partition Scholarship and the Unspeakable --
Production of Space: Identity, Singularity and Legitimacy --
Writing the Genre of the New: Constituting the Nation, Community and Universal Citizenship --
Overwriting Class: Backwardness and the Mature Citizen --
The Impossible Totality: Indian Citizenship and the Constitutive Split --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Interventions (Routledge (Firm))
Responsibility: Ted Svensson.

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"This work seeks to examine the event and concurrent transition that the inauguration of India and Pakistan as 'postcolonial' states in August 1947 constituted and effectuated. Analysing India and Pakistan together in a parallel and mutually dependant reading, and utilizing primary data and archival materials, Svensson offers new insights into the current literature, seeking to conceptualise independence through partition and decolonisation in terms of novelty and as a 'restarting of time'. Through his analysis, Svensson demonstrates the constitutive and inexorable entwinement of contingency and restoration, of openness and closure, in the establishment of the postcolonial state. It is maintained that those involved in instituting the new state in a moment devoid of fixity and foundation 'anchor' it in preceding beginnings. The work concludes with the proposition that the novelty should not only be regarded as contained in the moment of transition. It should also be seen as contained in the pledge, in the promise and the gesturing towards a future community. Distinct from most other studies on the partition and independence the book assumes the constitutive moment as the focal point, offering a new approach to the study of partition in British India, decolonisation and the institutional of the postcolonial state. This work will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, South Asian studies and political and postcolonial theory."--Publisher's website.

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