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The Idea of Gujarat: History, Ethnography and Text  
Edward Simpson and Aparna Kapadia (Ed.)
Price : 710.00
ISBN : 978-81-250-4113-9
Pages : 284
Binding : Hardback
Book Size : 158 x 240 mm
Year: 2010
Territorial Rights : World
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The Idea of Gujarat: History, Ethnography and Text
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About the Book

The hegemony of India’s states on the way the country is imagined is such that it is often forgotten that Gujarat only emerged as both a political unit and as a form of cultural identity over the course of the last century.

The Idea of Gujarat: History, Ethnography and Text critically examines the processes that went into the formation of the region and in the process unsettles a series of conventional wisdoms about the land and its inhabitants. Individual chapters examine the work of courts, colonial officers, politicians, scholars and gods and goddesses in the making of the state. As a whole, the book provides a broad introduction to the idea of Gujarat, the scope of its history, the nature of its politics, and the dynamics of its society.

It will be of use to students and scholars interested in the study of Gujarat, and to those concerned with wider questions of identity formation, colonial and post-colonial knowledge practices, and contemporary politics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Notes on the Contributors ix
A Note on the Language and Text xi
List of Maps and Figures xiii
Introduction
The Parable of the Jakhs
Edward Simpson
Gujarat in Maps
Aparna Kapadia and Edward Simpson
1. Caste in the Judicial Courts of Gujarat, 1800–60
Amrita Shodhan
2. Alexander Forbes and the Making of a Regional History
Aparna Kapadia
3. Making Sense of the History of Kutch
Edward Simpson
4. The Lives of Bahuchara Mata
Samira Sheikh
5. Reflections on Caste in Gujarat
Harald Tambs-Lyche
6. The Politics of Land in Post-colonial Gujarat
Nikita Sud
7. From Gandhi to Modi: Ahmedabad, 1915–2007
Howard Spodek
8. A Potted History of Neighbours and Neighbourliness in Ahmedabad
Rubina Jasani
9. Voices from Sindh in Gujarat
Rita Kothari
10. Textiles and Dress among the Rabari of Kutch
Eiluned Edwards
11. The Swaminarayan Movement and Religious Subjectivity
Hanna H. Kim

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Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Edward Simpson is a senior lecturer in social anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Aparna Kapadia is a Mellon post-doctoral fellow at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis examined the nature of texts, power and kingship in medieval Gujarat.

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