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Citizen Refugee
Forging the Indian Nation after Partition

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  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108425612

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  • This innovative study explores the interface between nation-building and refugee rehabilitation in post-partition India. Relying on archival records and oral histories, Uditi Sen analyses official policy towards Hindu refugees from eastern Pakistan to reveal a pan-Indian governmentality of rehabilitation. This governmentality emerged in the Andaman Islands, where Bengali refugees were recast as pioneering settlers. Not all refugees, however, were willing or able to live up to this top-down vision of productive citizenship. Their reminiscences reveal divergent negotiations of rehabilitation 'from below'. Educated refugees from dominant castes mobilised their social and cultural capital to build urban 'squatters' colonies', while poor Dalit refugees had to perform the role of agricultural pioneers to access aid. Policies of rehabilitation marginalised single and widowed women by treating them as 'permanent liabilities'. These rich case studies dramatically expand our understanding of popular politics and everyday citizenship in post-partition India.

    • Gives equal weighting to oral history and archival research, bringing the policies of resettlement to life
    • Uses a pan-Indian analytical framework to transcend the conventional East versus West regional division that characterises partition studies
    • The personal accounts of refugees reveal unexplored aspects of everyday citizenship and identity formation
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108425612
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 2 maps 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Framing Policy:
    1. Unwanted citizens in a saturated state: towards a governmentality of rehabilitation
    2. Harnessed to national development: settlers, producers and agents of Hinduisation
    Part II. Rebuilding Lives:
    3: Exiles or settlers? Caste, governance and identity in the Andaman Islands
    4. Unruly citizens: memory, identity and the anatomy of squatting in Calcutta
    5. Gendered belongings: state, social workers and the 'unattached' refugee woman

  • Author

    Uditi Sen, University of Nottingham
    Uditi Sen is a historian of colonial and post-colonial India. She studied history at Presidency University and Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, before being awarded a D.Phil. from the University of Cambridge. She has taught history and South Asian studies in various institutions, including the European University Institute, Florence, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Hampshire College. In 2018, she joined the University of Nottingham as Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts.

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