The Partition Motif in Contemporary Conflicts

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Smita Tewari Jassal, Eyal Ben-Ari
SAGE Publications 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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Inhalt

Acknowledgements
13
Introduction
15
Partition as a Challenge to the Homogeneous German Nation
55
Departitioning Society
75
The Cartographic Imagination
98
Constructing Palestine through Surveillance Practices
122
Partition Violence in Memory and Performance
145
Memories of a Lost Home
167
Partition of Bengal or Creation of a Nation? Memories of Difference
243
The Surang Tunnel of Madanpura
260
Living in the Shadow of Emergency in Palestine
283
Partition in Contemporary Struggles Over Religious Spaces in Bhopal
297
Collective Memory and Obstacles to Reconciliation Efforts in Israel
323
North Korea South Korea
344
About the Editors and Contributors
364
Index
369

A Homeland Torn Apart
196
Partition and Partings
221

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Tulsi Patel is Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi.

She has recently been Rotating Chair, India Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany for a full semester (2005–06). An Honorary Research Associate at the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester (2001–04), she has also undertaken teaching assignments at the London School of Economics and the Royal Holloway College of the University of London (1996–97). Professor Patel has previously taught at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Miranda House (University of Delhi).

Her areas of interest include gender, anthropology of fertility and reproduction, medical sociology, sociology of the family, and old age. She has authored Fertility Behaviour: Population and Society in a Rajasthan Village (1994, 2nd edn 2006) and edited The Family in India: Structure and Practice (2005). In addition, she has published several articles in national and international journals.

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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