Description - Spirals of Contention by Satish Saberwal
This study examines the social and psychological processes that led to the Partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. It recognizes the long-term continuities in the idiom of conflict (as well as cooperation), and shows that, by 1900, the conflicts and animosities were gathering a self-aggravating momentum. The book moves back and forth between evidence and general, or theoretical, understanding. Separateness between Hindus and Muslims grew reciprocally, with hardening religious identities and the growing frequency of incidents of conflict. These skirmishes had several dimensions: symbolic (desecrating places of worship), societal (conversions), and physical (violence against women). As mutual trust declined, a quarter century of negotiations under diverse auspices failed to yield an agreement, and even the framework of the Partition in 1947 was imposed by the colonial rulers. A theoretically informed study, this book takes a comparative stance along several axes. Recognizing long-term continuities in the idiom of conflict (as well as of cooperation), it will be of interest to students of conflicts, Partitions, history, sociology, and South Asian studies.
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Author Biography - Satish Saberwal
Satish Saberwal has retired as Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and has also been at the departments of anthropology, University of Alberta and McGill University. He has done fieldwork among the Embu of central Kenya and the lower castes in a Punjabi industrial town, and has an interest in long-term social--historical processes seen comparatively: Europe, China, South Asia. His later publications have included Wages of segmentation: comparative historical studies on Europe and India (1995) and Roots of crisis: interpreting contemporary Indian society (1996); he has co-edited Social conflict (1996) and Rules, laws, constitutions (1998).