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Human Rights Interventions

Law and Democracy in Contemporary India

Constitution, Contact Zone, and Performing Rights

Editors: Yamamoto, Tatsuya, Ueda, Tomoaki (Eds.)

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  • Analyses ‘institutionalization from above’ and ‘institutionalization from below,’ moving away from insitution-orientated approaches
  • Brings together work from political scientist, sociologists and anthropologists
  • Speaks to contemporary concerns about the limitations and challenges of rights legislated over the last two decades in India and South Asia
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This book analyses legal orders, actors and democracy in contemporary India, with a particular focus on the everyday contexts and dynamics of human rights, citizenship and socio-economic rights and laws.

The contributions explore both ‘institutionalization from above’, where the judiciary and legislative body aim to govern people, and ‘institutionalization from below’, where the governed attempt to expand their substantive rights embedded within their everyday lives. This analysis identifies contact zones between the two directions, which act as spaces for democratic participation and negotiation. Such a perspective should be useful to both those who are interested in Indian politics, and anthropologists and sociologists working on dynamics of laws and rights.

About the authors

Tatsuya Yamamoto is Associate Professor at Shizuoka University, Japan. His research focuses on issues concerning citizenship among Tibetan youth and their identification through Tibetan music and dance.

Tomoaki Ueda is Associate Professor at Toyo University, Japan. He studies nationalist movements in colonial India and party politics in contemporary India.

Reviews

“This excellent volume is most topical given the challenges the rule of law is facing in India today. It offers a comprehensive and up to date analysis of the judiciary’s functioning, with special references to its fragile independence, and the status of human rights. While in the 2000s Indians got new rights, like the Right to Information, their enforcement has become more precarious, especially in the case minorities and Dalits (ex-Untouchables) on which the book focuses.” (Christophe Jaffrelot, CERI-Sciences Po/Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, and King's College, London)

“This book provides new insights into the dynamic interaction between the legal order and its institutionalisation through people’s everyday human rights practices. It is a useful addition to our understanding of the ways in which the struggles for rights by diverse populations in India activate democracy and the rule of law.” (Jayshree Mangubhai, Senior Human Rights Adviser, the Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji)

“Law and Democracy in Contemporary India is an outstanding interdisciplinary contribution to our understanding of the complicated and often ambiguous relationship between justice-seeking, governance, and cultural conflict. The editors have assembled a compelling group of anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists in order to unpack some of the most critical questions confronting the ‘world’s largest democracy.’ The collective result sheds new light on how legal forms and logics emerge through the interplay between what the editors describe as ‘institutionalisation from above’ and ‘institutionalisation from below.’” (Mark Goodale, Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-95837-8
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Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-95836-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Law and Democracy in Contemporary India
Book Subtitle
Constitution, Contact Zone, and Performing Rights
Editors
  • Tatsuya Yamamoto
  • Tomoaki Ueda
Series Title
Human Rights Interventions
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95837-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95837-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95836-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 222
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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