Overview:Violent Belongings is about the relation between culture and violence in the modern world, exploring contemporary ethnic and gendered violence, and the questions about belonging that trouble nations and nationalisms today. Kavita Daiya examines South Asian ethnic violence and related mass migration in and after 1947 through its representation in postcolonial Indian and, more broadly, global South Asian literature and culture.
Violent Belongings examines transnational South Asian culture from 1947 onwards in order to offer a new, historical account of how gender and ethnicity came to determine who belonged, and how, in the postcolonial Indian nation.
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Title: Violent Belongings: Partition, Gender, and National Culture in Postcolonial India
Author: Kavita Daiya
Publisher: Temple University Press
Date Published: July 2008
Table of Contents:
1 Train to Pakistan 2007 : decolonization, partition, and identity in the transnational public sphere 1
2 Re-gendering the nation : masculinity, romance, and secular citizenship 31
3 "A crisis made flesh" : women, honor, and national coupledom 65
4 "We were never refugees" : migrants and citizens in the postcolonial state 102
5 War and peace : Pakistan and ethnic citizenship in Bollywood cinema 150
6 Provincializing the nation : state violence and transnational belongings in the diaspora 185
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