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Political Mobilization and Identity in Western India, 1934-47
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Political Mobilization and Identity in Western India, 1934-47

  • Shri Krishan - Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana

Volume: 7
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Asian History

June 2018 | 279 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
The processes of political mobilization and identity formation in the rural regions of Bombay Presidency between 1934 and 1947 are the major focus of this work. Studying the politics of the masses, their aspirations and demands—both within the formal institutional frameworks of the colonial `public space` as well as outside it—this book provides insights into political and social change in 20th century India.

Emphasizing micro-level revolts—which, rather than subaltern militancy, express a collective endeavour by the people to solve their local problems by wresting immediate and tangible concessions—this book:
- Details the multiple forms of mobilization and resistance among various groups—women, peasants, elites, lower castes and tribals.
- Explores issues such as the nature of social conditions, leadership and participants; the development of mass consciousness; the moralities and methods of mobilization; and, the role of religious symbols and popular culture in such mobilizations.
- Delineates various facets of peasant mobilization over 1934–47, including the peasants` response to political processes and their relationship with political associations, and the nature of agrarian conflicts as well as that of peasants` identity.
- Studies both the collective action of tribals—in the form of crimes for survival, religious reform and politically motivated struggle—and Dalit mobilization around the issue of untouchability.
- Contributes to the theoretical debate on nationalism and identity while critiquing the three main strands of nationalist thought as represented by Ernest Gellner, Anthony D Smith and Benedict Anderson.
 
Series Editors’ Preface
 
Introduction
 
The Socio-economic Fabric of Bombay’s Countryside
 
Peasants, Parties and Politics: 1934-47
 
Survival, Contested Power, and the Polyphonic Tribal Resistance in Western India: 1934-47
 
Strategies of Dalit Mobilization: Caste Structure and the Politics of Mobilization
 
Crowd Vigour and Social Identity: The Quit India Movement in Western India
 
Conclusion
 
Bibliography
 
Index
 
Series Editors’ Preface
 
Introduction
 
The Socio-economic Fabric of Bombay’s Countryside
 
Peasants, Parties and Politics: 1934-47
 
Survival, Contested Power, and the Polyphonic Tribal Resistance in Western India: 1934-47
 
Strategies of Dalit Mobilization: Caste Structure and the Politics of Mobilization
 
Crowd Vigour and Social Identity: The Quit India Movement in Western India
 
Conclusion
 
Bibliography
 
Index

Focusing on the rural regions of the Bombay Presidency in the period 1934–47, this study examines the multiple forms of political mobilization and resistance among various groups (women, peasants, elites, lower castes, and tribals) and relates this mobilization to the process of identity formation.

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