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The Partition Motif in Contemporary Conflicts

The Partition Motif in Contemporary Conflicts

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January 2007 | 384 pages | SAGE India

This important book is a conversation across cultures on the theme of partition and its far-reaching sociological implications for communal patterns, generational dynamics, and individual lives. While the governing imagery of partition is drawn from the context of India and Pakistan, the analysis explores similar processes vis-à-vis Israel and Palestine and East and West Germany. Developing the concept of 'partition-societies', the volume succinctly explains the social, economic, and political implications of such divisions.

The lens of partition is used to focus on how societies that have experienced breaks and traumas are organized and constituted and the ways in which they deploy their understanding of the past to reconstruct themselves. The book inquires into ways in which local communities as well as wider national entities use their knowledge of the past. The international contributors to this volume show how this separation was of significance not only in the strict political sense but formed the basis for long-term processes of identity, of memory and inspiration, and the very basis on which different societies were organized.

This book will be of interest to anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, students and scholars of culture studies, as also the general reader.

Namita Chowdhury
Udavastu Jibaner Kabya–The Rhyme of Refugee Life
Smita Tewari Jassal and Eyal Ben-Ari
The Partition Motif: Concepts, Comparisons, Considerations
Ina Dietzch
Partition as a Challenge to the "Homogeneous" German Nation
Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff and Ellen Bal
De-partitioning Society: Contesting Borders of the Mind in Bangladesh and India
Efrat Ben Zeev
The Cartographic Imagination: British Mandate Palestine
Elia Zureik
Constructing Palestine through Surveillance Practices
Michael Nijhawan
Partition Violence in Memory and Performance: The Punjabi Dhadi Tradition
Alok Bhalla
Memories of a Lost Home: Partition in the Fiction of the Subcontinent
Nina Gren
A Homeland Torn Apart: Partition in a Palestinian Refugee Camp
PART THREE: Social Structures, Constructions and Images
Tatjana Thelen
Partition and Partings: The Paradox of German Kinship Ties
Habibul Haque Khondker
Partition of Bengal or Creation of a "Nation"? Memories of Difference
Vasanthi Raman
The Surung (Tunnel) of Madanpura: Partition Motif in Benaras
Honaida Ghanim
Living in the Shadow of Emergency in Palestine
Ursula Rao
Partition in Contemporary Struggles Over Religious Spaces in Bhopal
Zvi Bekerman
Collective Memory and Obstacles to Reconciliation Efforts in Israel
John Borneman
North Korea South Korea: One Korea and the Relevance of German Reunification

 A fine piece of research that explores tragic stories about partition of land in major countries across the world, this book also looks into people’s hearts....The book is reasonably priced for all the information that is packed in it. The editors have done a commendable job and papers have been selected carefully keeping all the major regions in mind. Besides research scholars, the book can be read by all those who are curious to have an impartial viewpoint.

The Tribune

This book tries to grapple with partition both as reality and metaphor.  It touches subjects as far apart as the East and West German divide, a Palestinian village on the Israeli border, Curzon and Bengal and even the Hindu-Muslim divide in Bhopal.

This important book is a dialogue on the theme of partition and its far-reaching sociological implications for communal patterns, generational dynamics and individual lives.

The book vividly explores the implications of partition motif for resolving contemporary conflicts. It also analyses post-partition transition of societies…. This book is a must read for the policy-makers as well as intellectuals, if not for lay readers who may find it a bit too pedantic to comprehend in totality. It also serves as a useful document on divided societies and their sense of rootlessness.

The Pioneer

I have taught a class on Partition in India and was able to use important selections from this book. This book is was invaluable from a comparative perspective on global partitions. Will teach again in 1 years time.

Dr Jeremy Rinker
Peace and Conflict Studies, Guilford College
April 24, 2015

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