Perspectives on Violence and Othering in India

  • R.C. Tripathi
  • Purnima Singh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Violence: Its Problematique

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ramashray Roy
      Pages 29-45
  3. Construction of the Other

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Shail Mayaram
      Pages 71-83
    3. Sunthar Visuvalingam, Elizabeth Chalier-Visuvalingam
      Pages 85-127
  4. Contestations of Identities

  5. Towards Harmony and Peace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-237

About this book


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 contributors 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 understanding of othering processes. Violence and nonviolence 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.

Renowned scholars from diverse fields provide multidisciplinary perspectives on violence and othering, discussing the concepts of violence and nonviolence in multicultural societies, communal harmony, constructions of the other, truth commissions, state censorship of 'sensitive' issues, fundamentalism and secularism in multifaith societies, and specific cases from recent violence-prone areas. This volume focuses on the South Asian, and more specifically, the Indian context, but is relevant for researchers seeking to understand these issues anywhere in the world.


Aftermath of violence Collective violence Communal conflicts in South Asia Communal harmony in South Asia Free speech and violence Gender and violence Hindu-Muslim riots Identity and activism Nationhood and identity Psychosocial perspective of violence Rebuilding communal relations in South Asia Rights and violence Social psychology of violence State censorship of communal conflict reports Violence in Indian society

Editors and affiliations

  • R.C. Tripathi
    • 1
  • Purnima Singh
    • 2
  1. 1.ICSSR, Psychology DepartmentUniversity of AllahabadAllahabadIndia
  2. 2.Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of PsychologyIIT DelhiNew DelhiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer India 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, New Delhi
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-81-322-2612-3
  • Online ISBN 978-81-322-2613-0
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