Ethnicity and Nation-Building in South Asia

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The author examines the theoretical approaches to the study of ethnicity and nation-building; the ethnic layout of the South Asian region; the specific state structures of the countries studied and the attitudes of central regimes to the issue of ethnic identities; specific ethnic movements in the countries examined; and, the constraints and compulsions within which regimes handle domestic ethnic assertion. The study points out both the similarities of conditions between the South Asian political systems and the differences in specific cases both as regards assertion of ethnic identities as well as their handling by the regimes. This study also situates the politics of ethnicity in the global geo-political context.

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Dr Rajat Ganguly is based in the School of Management and Governance at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. A specialist in international relations, conflict and security studies and Asian politics and international affairs, he has published widely in the areas of ethnic conflict, insurgency movements and Asian politics and security. His published books and monographs are: Autonomy and Ethnic Conflict in South and South-East Asia (Routledge 2012); Understanding Ethnic Conflict (Longman 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010); Ethnic Conflict (Sage 2009); Ethnic Conflict and Secessionism in South and Southeast Asia (Sage 2003); Ethnicity and Nation-Building in South Asia (Sage 2001); and Kin State Intervention in Ethnic Conflicts (Sage 1998). He can be contacted at: r.ganguly@murdoch.edu.au 

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`The author bases her diagnosis of ethnic ills on the minutiae of historical records (for which her book is well worth reading), clearly demonstrating the origins of the separatism of the Dravidians, Buluchis, Sikhs, Chittagong hill tribes and so on.' - The Times of India `The book provides an appraisal of different theoretical approaches to the study of ethnicity and nation-building. It delineates the ethnic composition of the South Asian region, and examines the specific state structures of the countries studied.' - Community Development `This volume is a fitting testimony to the life's work of one of the Indian subcontinent's foremost political scientists, whose death...was a tremendous loss to students and colleagues. With sensitivity and analytical rigour, Professor Phadnis addressed the central issues of regional politics in both their intrastate and interstate manifestations.' - International Affairs

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