Violence and Democracy in India

Edited by Amrita Basu and Srirupa Roy


6.25 x 9 inches, 268 pp. 2007

ISBN : 9781905422302 & 9781905422319

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Violence and Democracy in India examines the relationship between the extreme violence of riots, pogroms, acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing and the ordinary, everyday, often invisible structures and practices of violence in India. Usually, these exceptional, extreme moments of state-sponsored violence, are treated as aberrations, quite separate from the everyday world of politics-as-usual, particularly when the norm in question is that of liberal democracy. In contrast, this volume explores the ways in which democracy enables violence and how violence in turn transforms the practices and pursuit of democracy.


Amrita Basu is the Paino Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College and author of Two Faces of Protest: Contrasting Modes of Women’s Activism in India.


Srirupa Roy is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and author of Beyond Belief: India and the Politics of Postcolonial Nationalism


Culture Studies
Social Studies
South Asian Studies