The Partition Motif in Contemporary Conflicts

Smita Tewari Jassal, Eyal Ben-Ari
SAGE Publishing India, 11.01.2007 - 384 Seiten
This important book is a dialogue on the theme of partition and its far-reaching sociological implications for communal patterns, generational dynamics and individual lives. While the governing imagery of partition is drawn from the context of India and Pakistan, the analysis compares similar processes in the context of Israel and Palestine and East and West Germany. Developing the concept of 'partition-societies', the volume succinctly explains the social, economic and political implications of such divisions.

The lens of partition is used to focus on how societies that have experienced breaks and traumas are organized and constituted and the ways in which they deploy their understanding of the past to reconstruct themselves. The book enquires into ways in which local communities as well as wider national entities use their knowledge of the past. The international contributors to this volume show how this separation was of significance not only in the strict political sense but formed the basis for long-term processes of identity, of memory and inspiration, and the very basis on which different societies were organized.


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List of Illustrations
Smita Tewari Jassal and Eyal BenAri
Partition as a Challenge to the Homogeneous German
Contesting Borders of the Mind
British Mandate Palestine
Constructing Palestine through Surveillance Practices
Partition in the Fiction of
Partition in a Palestinian Refugee
Partition of Bengal or Creation of a Nation? Memories
Living in the Shadow of Emergency in Palestine
Partition in Contemporary Struggles Over Religious
One Korea and the Relevance
About the Editors and Contributors


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Smita Tewari Jassal, anthropologist, teaches Gender and Development at Columbia University, New York. She has taught at SAIS, John Hopkins University and American University, Washington DC. She was Visiting Fellow at the Truman Institute for Peace, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (2003-05) and Senior Fellow at the Center for Women’s Development Studies (1995-2002). Author of Daughters of the Earth: Women and Land in Uttar Pradesh (2001), her forthcoming book explores gender constructs and oral traditions of marginalized castes and communities.

Eyal Ben-Ari was Professor of Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is currently Director of the Kinneret Center for Society, Security and Peace at Kinneret Academic College on the Sea of Galilee. He has carried out fieldwork on Japanese white-collar suburbs, institutions of early childhood education and the Japanese community in Singapore. In Israel, he has studied Jewish saint-worship and social and cultural aspects of the Israeli military. He is currently engaged in projects on Special Operations Forces, the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, anthropological approaches to civil-military relations and creativity in the creative industries.

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