Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

The dissolution of Yugoslavia inspired F. G. Bailey to consider the relations among ethnic groups that had seemed reconciled to living together and then broke into murderous conflicts. For his exploration of the ancient, recurring problem of ethnic strife, Bailey considers the village of Bisipara in the state of Orissa, in eastern India. Bisipara was a community in which different ethnic groups were seen as distinct breeds of people, arranged in a hierarchy of worthiness. In The Civility of Indifference, Bailey documents a case of ethnic strife that threatened the village forty years ago but did not consume it in bloodshed. The restraint, he suggests, reflected not compassion but a sense of inevitability. The people of Bisipara perceived the world in such a way that violence enacted as ethnic cleansing would have seemed to them a disastrous indulgence and a sure path to self-destruction. Their story serves as a parable of pragmatic indifference, in contrast to the fanaticism that justifies civil war. A seasoned ethnographer, the author considers the social structure of the community, examining the multiple castes with sensitivity and respect. His detailed description reveals the competing moral visions held by various groups, and his conclusions open a new perspective on ethnic violence.

Buy The Civility of Indifference book by F. G. Bailey from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780801483080
ISBN-10: 0801483085
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 139mm x 15mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 8-Feb-1996
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Civility of Indifference book by F. G. Bailey and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Books By Author F. G. Bailey

Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils by F. G. Bailey

Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils

Paperback, July 2001
$53.99
Stratagems and Spoils by F. G. Bailey

Stratagems and Spoils

Paperback, July 2001
$53.99
Witch Hunt by F. G. Bailey

The Witch Hunt

Paperback, April 1996
$39.59