Hindu nationalism, cultural spaces, and bodily practices in India

McDonald, Ian (2003) Hindu nationalism, cultural spaces, and bodily practices in India American behavioral scientist, 46 (11). pp. 1563-1576. ISSN 0002-7642

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Abstract

With the opening of India to the global economy, technology, and culture, questions of national identity are being starkly posed and tested. An attendant rise in militant Hindu nationalism can be seen as a bold strategic response to this question as it attempts to place India among the most powerful nations in global modernity. Analyses of this attempt to fundamentally transform India have tended to be pitched at the institutional levels of economics and politics, yet the Hindu nationalist methodology is essentially a cultural project. This article will examine two forms of embodied cultural practices in India, each offering a contrasting set of cultural meanings and political possibilities and each highlighting the complexities and contradictions of the globalization-nationalism nexus in contemporary India.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: Copyrighto Sage Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords: globalization • India • Hindu nationalism • Shakha • kalarippayattu
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
DOI (a stable link to the resource): doi: 10.1177/0002764203046011008
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
Depositing User: Chelsea editor
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2010 11:30
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1391

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