The Politics of Self-Expression: The Urdu Middleclass Milieu in Mid-Twentieth Century India and Pakistan

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Routledge, Sep 27, 2006 - History - 272 pages
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The 1930s to 1950s witnessed the rise and dominance of a political culture across much of North India which combined unprecedented levels of mobilization and organization with an effective de-politicization of politics. On the one hand obsessed with world events, people also came to understand politics as a question of personal morality and achievement. In other words, politics was about expressing the self in new ways and about finding and securing an imaginary home in a fast-moving and often terrifying universe. The scope and arguments of this book make an innovative contribution to the historiography of modern South Asia, by focusing on the middle-class milieu which was the epicentre of this new political culture.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 POLITICS AGAINST SOCIETY
18
2 STATES OF POWER
60
3 A CLASS OF BODIES
93
4 SPACES OF SELFEXPRESSION
128
5 THE CONSUMPTION OF POLITICS
162
CONCLUSION
205
NOTES
211
BIBLIOGRAPHY
236
INDEX
247
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Markus Daechsel has studied history and political science at the University of Erlangen and the University of London. He is currently a lecturer in South Asian History at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests focus on the society, culture and politics of South Asian Muslims.

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