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Migrations, Identities and Democratic Practices in India.

Author: Samir Kumar Das
Publisher: Milton : Taylor and Francis, 2018.
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"This book explores contesting identities, international politics, migration and democratic practices in the context of globalising India. Drawing on extensive ethnographic research, it looks at one of the oldest migratory routes across a volatile region in eastern India which is fraught with violent claims of separate statehood. The book offers an account of how the 'North Bengal' region has acted as a gateway to  Read more...
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Das, Samir Kumar.
Migrations, Identities and Democratic Practices in India.
Milton : Taylor and Francis, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Samir Kumar Das
ISBN: 9781351175258 1351175254 9781351175265 1351175262 9781351175234 1351175238
OCLC Number: 1020614868
Description: 1 online resource (246 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I Transit spaces; 1 The violent gateway; 2 The moving city; Part II Unsettling identities; 3 The dangerous journey to citizenship; 4 Living the â#x80;#x98;absenceâ#x80;#x99;; Part III Democratic practices; 5 Home, homeland and politics of the unhomely; 6 Democracyâ#x80;#x99;s unusual sites; Glossary; Index.

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"This book explores contesting identities, international politics, migration and democratic practices in the context of globalising India. Drawing on extensive ethnographic research, it looks at one of the oldest migratory routes across a volatile region in eastern India which is fraught with violent claims of separate statehood. The book offers an account of how the 'North Bengal' region has acted as a gateway to migrant populations over time and points to why it must be understood as a shifting and liminal space through a study of Bodoland, Gorkhaland, Kamatapuri, Siliguri and the Greater Cooch Behar movements. It shows the region's politics of identity or quest for homeland not as a means of compensating for the lack or absence of identity, but as an everyday practice of living that very absence, across borders and boundaries, without arriving at any definitive and stable identity, along with impacts and manifestations in democratic political processes. A major intervention in modern political theory--shedding new light on concepts such as home and homeland, space and self, sovereignty, nation state, freedom and democracy--this book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of political science, modern South Asian history, sociology and social anthropology, and migration and diaspora studies."--Provided by publisher.

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