Spectacular Politics: Performative Nation-building and Religion in Modern India Clemens Six

ISBN: 9788173048869

Published: July 1st 2010

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264 pages


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Spectacular Politics: Performative Nation-building and Religion in Modern India  by  Clemens Six

Spectacular Politics: Performative Nation-building and Religion in Modern India by Clemens Six
July 1st 2010 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 264 pages | ISBN: 9788173048869 | 5.12 Mb

How does one explain the historical processes through which abstract ideas such as the idea of a nation become a motivation for mass mobilization, political re-organization and even violence on a large scale? This book seeks to find answers to thisMoreHow does one explain the historical processes through which abstract ideas such as the idea of a nation become a motivation for mass mobilization, political re-organization and even violence on a large scale? This book seeks to find answers to this question in the context of India’s modern history during its long eventful 20th century.

Starting from the early stages of Gandhian mass mobilization after the First World War and subsequently proceeding to more recent examples of Hindu-nationalism, the book analyzes spectacular politics as a distinct form of political communication. It thereby seeks to understand not only how the idea of the nation turned into the most powerful political idea in modern India, but also how political communication and mobilization work in an extremely heterogeneous and fragmented society. As Indian society becomes more and more involved in globalization and internationalization, many seemingly self-evident paradigms of India’s self-understanding such as its national identity, democracy, or secularism are once again subject to intense political controversies and social confrontations.

Finally the example of religiously motivated terrorism illustrates the profound ambivalence of performative politics between inclusive, even participatory effects on the one hand and destabilizing, even destructive consequences of those political discourses, which emphasize their form as much as their content.



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