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State and Community in the Narratives of Displacement

Ravinder Kaur

in Since 1947

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195683776
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195683776.003.0002
State and Community in the Narratives of Displacement

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This chapter discusses the narratives on state and community. It also describes the social aspects of the state. Systematic perusal of the problems requires that the state in India be examined as a social being rather than as a political actor, that is, as an entity entwined with and not detached from society. The symbolic aspect of the community grants a greater leverage in expanding the conceptual base and provides scope for varied interpretations. Partition violence constitutes a kind of civil war where the opponents were more or less equally matched. The results of a sample survey gave a general profile of the migrants and challenged some of the prevalent views on Partition migration. The occasional shift between first and third person narration shows the dilemmas inherent in the author's involvement in this study.

Keywords: state; community; India; narratives; Partition violence; Partition migration

Chapter.  10689 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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