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This volume brings together important and original perspectives from South Asia on the relationship between violence---an increasingly important issue in multicultural societies---and the process of othering. The esteemed contributors to this volume state that societies create 'others' through deliberate acts of selection over a period of time. The objective of the process of othering is to deny rights and privileges that one sets for one's own group. This volume affirms that central to the understanding of violence in any society is the process of othering. Violence and non-violence are influenced by the nature of othering processes as well as the kinds of others in a society. Groups engaged in mutual othering are also the ones that are often involved in violent relationships.
The contributors to this volume discuss important issues related to violence and othering: debates over citizenship and national identities, the nature of communal riots and post-riot reconciliation, truth commissions, recurrent 'myths' in narratives on communal conflicts, state censorship of 'sensitive' issues, and specific cases from recent violence-prone areas.
Written by renowned scholars of sociology, psychology, economics and literature, this volume focuses on the South Asian, and more specifically, the Indian context, but is relevant for researchers seeking to understand this issue anywhere in the world.