Construction of Evil in North East India: Myth, Narrative and Discourse

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Prasenjit Biswas, C Joshua Thomas
SAGE Publications, Nov 13, 2012 - Social Science - 296 pages
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Construction of Evil in North East India is an illuminating study on the concept of evil and its representations in literature, political theory and social and cultural movements. It encompasses a wide array of themes in the construction of 'evil' ranging from discourses about the belief in evil to the religious appropriation of 'evil' to its more contemporary politico-aesthetic construction.

In order to explore the possible meanings of evil, it brings together essays contributed by scholars and practitioners from various human and social sciences such as philosophy, sociology and ethnography.

Set in the tribal cultural mosaic of North East India, the book is an excellent exposition of the myths, narratives and discourses drawn from the tribal experiences of the region. It also examines the possibility of overcoming the forms of evil in correlation with both the 'local' and the 'global' situations of war, terror and redemption.

The papers in this collection make a stimulating contribution to the debates centring the idea of evil and its application in public discourses.

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Prasenjit Biswas is Reader in the Department of Philosophy at the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya. A Ph.D. in Philosophy from the North Eastern Hill University, he has been Reader, Assam University, Silchar (2004–05); Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Indian Institute of Guwahati, Guwahati (2003–04); Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (2001–03); and Lecturer at the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (1998–2001).

He has authored The Post-modern Controversy: Understanding Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida and Jürgen Habermas (Rawat, 2004) and co-authored Political Economy of Underdevelopment in North-East India (Akansha, 2004). He has co-edited Peace in India’s Northeast: Meaning, Metaphor and Method (ICSSR-NERC and Regency, 2006). He has also published a number of papers in journals and contributed chapters to edited books.

C Joshua Thomas is presently the Deputy Director at the Indian Council of Social Science Research, North Eastern Regional Centre (ICSSR), Shillong. He is known for his pioneering research in diverse fields of social sciences in north-eastern India. His areas of research include issues related to ethnicity, peace process and border trade and displacement. Some of his earlier works include: Dimensions of Displaced People in North East India (2002), Indo-Myanmar Border Trade: Status, Problems and Potentials (2005), Peace in India’s North East: Meaning, Metaphor and Meanings (2006) and India–China: Trade and Strategy for Frontier Developments (2010).

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