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By Michael Billig

ISBN-10: 0803975244

ISBN-13: 9780803975248

Michael Billig provides an enormous problem to orthodox conceptions of nationalism during this elegantly written ebook. whereas conventional theorizing has tended to the focal point on severe expressions of nationalism, the writer turns his consciousness to the standard, much less obvious kinds that are neither unique or distant, he describes as `banal nationalism'. the writer asks why humans remember their nationwide id. He means that in way of life nationalism is continually flagged within the media via regimen symbols and behavior of language. Banal Nationalism is necessary of orthodox theories in sociology, politics and social psychology for ignoring this center characteristic of nationwide id. Michael Billig argues forcefully that wi

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In the first part of this book, I argue that Gandhi and a circle of leaders around him strove to nurture corporeal capacities among rank- and-file I N T RO D U C T IO N 13 activists, which were drawn significantly from middle- and upper- caste Hindu peasants, by prescribing certain practices of physical culture. 22 Until roughly 1928, Gandhi, nationalist leaders at the helm of the movement, and Gandhian organizers at the grassroots level were often confounded in their attempts to expand the nationalist movement in Gujarat and elsewhere in large part because internal stability was an elusive, albeit indispensible, objective they had yet to achieve.

I also illustrate how in the 1940s, the ethos of popular mobilization was articulated through powerful nonviolent discourses while they also began to compete with more militant impetuses within the Congress Party itself. Although the Congress Party may have dwarfed the field of institutional politics in the early postcolonial period, I suggest that subtle challenges to its dominance began shortly after Independence (1947)— challenges that were tied in important ways to the introduction of the RSS physical program at the grassroots level.

Such an enterprise of auto-formation, I suggest, situates him (or her) within an immediate public domain which, in the process of probing the enterprise of physical training, deepens its validity and—most crucially—its political force. On Ethnography within the Ambit of Hate As the beginning of this Introduction illustrates, anti-Muslim sentiment was woven within the corporeal activities of the Hindu nationalist branches in which I worked. On the one hand, Muslims were identified by branch leaders as agents who violently interrupted the “sublime” rule of Hindu kings in medieval India.

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