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Questions of Identity in Assam

Questions of Identity in Assam
Location, Migration, Hybridity

First Edition
  • Nandana Dutta - Department of English, Gauhati University, Assam, India

August 2012 | 308 pages | SAGE India
Questions of Identity in Assam: Location, Migration, Hybridity addresses the identity problem in Assam, keenly affected as it is, by the realities of migration and hybridity. The book provides an overview of these issues as they are reflected in the region, and covers the period from the conclusion of the Assam Movement till the present.

The Assam Movement spawned a culture of violence which led to the emergence of insurgent outfits in the state. This resulted in the naturalization of violence as a part of everyday living. From this vantage point, the book offers a reading of identity as determined by the anxiety surrounding the presence of the migrants. In this book, the issue of migration is seen through the perspective of the society that receives the migrants and defines itself through a negative response to the other.

The Conditions of Knowledge: Location, Migration and Hybridity

The Assam Movement: Thirty Years On

Memories and Violence: Remembering the Assam Movement

Identity Questions

Framing the Question: Who Are the Assamese?

Conclusion: Shifting the Terrain, Renewing the Narrative

Nandana Dutta

Nandana Dutta was born in Shillong (erstwhile capital of Assam) and educated at Shillong and Guwahati. She received M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Gauhati University, Assam (India). She is currently teaching at the Department of English, Gauhati University. She has earlier taught at Dibrugarh University (1990–91) and at Handique Girls’ College, Guwahati (1987–90). She has published essays on issues like identity, ethnic diversity, location and theory, and Assam and modernity in journals like Journal of Contemporary Thought (JCT), Interventions, Global South, and Journeys, and in collections like Beyond Counter-Insurgency (2008). Her... More About Author

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ISBN: 9788132105114