Nation and National Identity in South Asia

Nation and National Identity in South Asia

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Author: S L Sharma
T K Oommen/
Publisher: Orient Longman
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 226
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125019243


Issues of nation and nation-state have hitherto been dealt with mainly by political scientists. This volume breaks new ground by bringing a sociological perspective to this very important area of inquiry.

Our concepts of nation-state have been derived mainly from the west. However, the experience of the rest of the world is different from the western experience. South Asia in particular provides a fascinating case for the study of nation and national identity, for testing existing formulations, and generating new ones.

This book brings together papers by eminent scholars, which were first presented at the 25th All India Sociological Conference. The essays seek to conceptualize the experiences of nation formation and de-formation in South Asia and considers issues such as the concept of the nation-state; the question of nation-building in India in relation to language, region, tribe, religion, caste and gender; nation-building in other parts of south Asia; and the concept of civil society and its relationship to the state.


S L SHARMA is former Professor of Sociology, Punjab University, Chandigarh. He has served as Adviser in Sociology to the Jamaican Government, and has been visiting faculty at the World Leisure International Centre of Excellence. He is the author of several books and research papers, and has been recently awarded the Professor D P Mukherji Fellowship award.

T K OOMMEN is Professor of Sociology at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has also been President of the International Sociological Association, and has been the author of several books and research papers.