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State vs. Society in Northeast India

State vs. Society in Northeast India
History, Politics and the Everyday

Edited by:
  • G. Amarjit Sharma - Assistant Professor at the Special Centre for the Study of North East India, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

August 2021 | 353 pages | SAGE India
State vs. Society in Northeast India: History, Politics and the Everyday looks at a state as an entity that does not operate strictly as a rational, legal and administrative organization. State in the Northeast region is very much shaped by the social, economic and political practices on the ground. Using archival and ethnographic evidences, the book questions notions of region and border as fixed spaces. A state, in the process of governing society, produces itself through formal and informal practices on the ground, and the book argues that Northeast India is a significant site for studying this. It engages with conceptual, theoretical and methodological challenges thrown up by the political experiences of ordinary people in the Northeast. The book discusses everyday legal discourse, official public memory, development discourse, cases of becoming marginalized, resistance and ways of networking with the authorities. The objective is to understand the various ways in which state and society engage with each other; and to look at layers of historical interconnections that inform much of contemporary Northeast politics. The book will especially be of interest to scholars in politics, history, sociology and anthropology.

PART I: State, Region and Border
Anup Shekhar Chakraborty
Social Imaginaries, Minorities and the Postcolonial History of a Region
Santosh Hasnu
Colonial State and Annexation of Cachar in a Strategic Frontier of British Bengal
Sherin Ajin
Spatializing Nation at the Border District of Arunachal Pradesh
PART II Memory, Ethnicity and Civil Society
Jangkhomang Guite
Public Spaces and the Politics of Remembering in Northeast India
Oyindrila Chattopadhyay
The Socio-spatial Politics of ‘Tribal’ and ‘Non-Tribal’ in Meghalaya
Rashi Bhargava
Interrogating the ‘Civil Society’ in Naga Society
PART III Security, Emergency Laws and Protest
M. Amarjeet Singh and R. K. Sanayaima
Politics of Counterinsurgency and the Expansion of Security Bureaucracy
Emergency Law in Nagaland and State’s Classification of People as Suspect
L. Basanti Devi
Encountering the State in Manipur: A Political History of Women in Public Space
PART IV Development, Trans-nationality and Accessibility
G. Amarjit Sharma
The Trajectory of ‘Development’ in a Resource Frontier
Tanmoy Das
Development Schemes and How People Engage with the State in Manipur
Amiya Kumar Das
Informal Political Networks, Dalals and Local Governance in Assam

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ISBN: 9789391370657