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Becoming Minority

Becoming Minority
How Discourses and Policies Produce Minorities in Europe and India

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Jyotirmaya Tripathy - Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
  • Sudarsan Padmanabhan - Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

January 2019 | 374 pages | SAGE India

This book will make you revisit the ‘minority question’ as it has been understood, conventionally.

This book subjects to scrutiny some of the well-established social science concepts such as minority, ethnicity, inclusion, exclusion, and self-determination, among others. The purpose of the enquiry is neither to debunk these concepts nor to highlight their relevance/irrelevance, but merely to guard against their unselective usage by scholars. The work is an endeavor to address some of the questions that animate current scholarship on minority and minoritization. In doing so, the book draws upon European and Indian experiences of cultural diversities as these regions are two of the most culturally diverse regions in the world and engage with diversity from within a democratic framework.


Jyotirmaya Tripathy and Sudarsan Padmanabhan
Becoming a Minority Category
Barbara Franz
Contextualizing Minority: The Production of Difference and Sameness in Europe
Lajwanti Chatani
Re-Turning the Idea of Minority: Going beyond the Politics of Recognition
Abdoulaye Gueye
Manufacturing Blackness at the Turn of 20th-Century France
Ulf Mörkenstam
The Constitution of the Swedish Sámi People: Swedish Sámi Policy and the Justification of the Inner Colonization of Sweden
Sherrill Stroschein
Institutional Change and Identity Shift: The Case of Contemporary Scotland
Apostolos Agnantopoulos
The European Minority Rights Regime and the Turkish/Muslim Minority of Western Thrace
Peter Hervik
Cultural War of Values: The Proliferation of Moral Identities in the Danish Public Sphere
Paul Mutsaers, Hans Siebers and Arie de Ruijter
Becoming a Minority: Ethno-Manufacturing in The Netherlands
Gëzim Alpion
The Specter of Communalism and the Eugenic Solution to Britain’s Immigration Problem
Bishnu N Mohapatra
Minority Question in India
Mohamed Mehdi
The Politics of Hurt Religious Feelings: The Minority as Emotional Subject in India
Malavika Menon
The Indian State and the Minority’s Right to Culture
Shireen Mirza
Waqf and Urban Space: Production of Minority Identity in Hyderabad’s Old City
Anjana Raghavan
The Fragmented Minor: Tamil Identity and the Politics of Authenticity

The book is an effort to provide answers to the vexing issues of minority and minortisation. It addresses a common platform from where both India and Europe can articulate themselves vis-à-vis their minority practices....the book is reader-specific and meant essentially for policy makers and research scholars in social sciences.


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ISBN: 9789351500353

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