Living With Violence
An Anthropology of Events and Everyday Life
Routledge India – 2007 – 204 pages
Series: Critical Asian Studies
This book gives a detailed account of the ‘communal riots’ between Hindus and Muslims in Mumbai in 1992-93. It departs from the historiography of the riot, which assumes that Hindu-Muslim conflict is independent of the participants of the violence.
Speaking to and interacting with the residents of Dharavi, the largest shanty town in the city, the authors collected a wide range of narrative accounts of the violence and the procedures of rehabilitation that accompanied the violence. The authors juxtapose these narrative accounts with public documents exploring the role language, work, housing and rehabilitation have on the day-to-day life of people who live with violence.
1. Nation, State and Violence in Dharavi 2. Documents and Testimony: Violence, Witnessing and Subjectivity in the Bombay Riots 1992-93 3. Boundaries, Names, Alterities: The Riot in Dharavi 4. Communal Violence, Public Spaces and the Unmaking of Men 5. Plans, Habitation and Slum Redevelopment: The Production of Community 6. Governmental Technologies and Institutional Practice: NGOs and the Slum Dwellers’ Voice. Bibliography. Index