Author: Urmila Phadnis
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761994386
With sensitivity and analytical rigor, this book addresses the central issues of regional politics in both their intrastate and interstate manifestation and provides an incisive analysis of ethnicity as an idea and of its application to the politics of the region.
This book constitutes a timely contribution to the understanding of ethnic phenomena in a complex region: South Asia. It makes a succinct review of the approaches used in the study of ethnic phenomena and stands as a piece of work that will be of great interest to those in the fields of sociology and the political sciences.
The case studies, in particular, are lucid syntheses of the tensions that attend the interaction between social groups with heightened ethnic consciousness. This will endure as an important study for anyone interested in the politics of South Asia.
URMILA PHADNIS was Professor of South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
RAJAT GANGULY is a Lecturer in Politics and Development in the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK.