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Civil Wars in South Asia

Civil Wars in South Asia
State, Sovereignty, Development

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December 2014 | 288 pages | SAGE India

South Asia has become the site of major civil or internal wars, with both domestic and global consequences. The conflict in Kashmir, for example, continues to make headlines, while those in the Northeast and central India simmer, though relatively unnoticed. There appears to be no clear resolution to the civil war and occupation in Afghanistan, even as Nepal and Sri Lanka work out their very different post-war settlements. In Bangladesh, the war of 1971 remains a political fault line, as the events around the War Crimes Tribunal show.

This volume demonstrates the importance of South Asia as a region to deepening the study of civil wars and armed conflicts and, simultaneously, illustrates how civil wars open up questions of sovereignty, citizenship and state contours. By engaging these broader theoretical debates, in a field largely dominated by security studies and comparative politics, it contributes to the study of civil wars, political sociology, anthropology and political theory.

This volume is one of the few books that is genuinely and equally representative of scholarship across South Asia, contributing not just to the study of civil wars, but also to the study of South Asia as a region.


Aparna Sundar and Nandini Sundar
Introduction: Sovereignty, Development and Civil War
Nandini Sundar
Contextualizing Civil Wars in South Asia
Rajesh Venugopal
Sri Lanka: Military Fiscalism and the Politics of Market Reform at a Time of Civil War
Alessandro Monsutti
The Transnational Political Economy of Civil War in Afghanistan
Antonio Donini and Jeevan Raj Sharma
Aid and Violence: Development, Insurgency and and Social Transformation in Nepal
A Dirk Moses
Civil War or Genocide? Britain and the Secession of East Pakistan in1971
Haris Gazdar, Yasser Kureshi and Asad Sayeed
The Rise of Jihadi Militancy in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas
Sanjib Baruah
Routine Emergencies: India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act
Gowhar Fazili
Local Agitations in a Globalized Context: A Case Study of Shopian and Bomai
Stephen Campbell
Articulating Grievance in Southeast Myanmar

[The book] offers a much-needed alternative framings and ways of considering some of South Asia’s old and more recent armed conflicts… An important contribution in terms of its embrace of an ethnographic approach to the dynamics of actually existing sovereignty, in times of conflicts and wars, perhaps the best read as offering a range of multiple and much-needed modes of analysis…an important intervention in epistemic context.

Economic and Political Weekly, 12 March 2016

This volume is probably the first work of its kind, which probes civil wars in South Asia in a comparative perspective… In this volume, the diverse experiences of civil wars in South Asia are mapped within a set of interrelationships.

Contribution to Indian Sociology,
Volume 50(Issue 1), February 2017

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