Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies

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Mona Bhan, Haley Duschinski, Deepti Misri
Taylor & Francis, Sep 22, 2022 - Political Science - 422 pages

The Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies presents emerging critical knowledge frameworks and perspectives that foreground situated histories and resistance practices to challenge colonial and postcolonial forms of governance and state building. It politicizes discourses of nationalism, patriotism, democracy, and liberalism, and it questions how these dominant globalist imaginaries and discourses serve institutionalized power, create hegemony, and normalize domination. In doing so, the handbook situates Critical Kashmir Studies scholarship within global scholarly conversations on nationalism, sovereignty, indigenous movements, human rights, and international law.

The handbook is organized into the following five parts:

  • Territories, Homelands, Borders
  • Militarism, Humanism, Occupation
  • Memories, Futures, Imaginations
  • Religion, History, Politics
  • Armed Conflict, Global War, Transnational Solidarities

A comprehensive reference work documenting and consolidating the growing Critical Kashmir Studies scholarship, this handbook will be of interest to scholars of anthropology, political science, cultural studies, legal and sociolegal studies, sociology, history, critical Indigenous studies, settler colonial studies, and feminist studies.



List of Contributors
On Naya Kashmir
Closing the Frontier? Extraction Contested Boundaries and the Greening of Frontier
Kashmiri Sikh Women and eir Experiences With Conflict
Disabling Kashmir
e Writ of Liberty in the Courts of Kashmir
e Unheard Narratives of Militancy in Kashmir
Affective Labor in Kashmiri Childhoods
Reconstructing Memory at the Margins
Changing Meanings of Home Among
Territory Identity and Islamization in Medieval Kashmir
Examining Sacred Necropolitics as Popular Resistance in IndiaControlled Kashmir
ird World Imperialism and Kashmirs Sovereignty Trap

Trade Boundaries and SelfDetermination
Retelling the 1990s in Downtown Srinagar
e Lhasa Restaurant of Srinagar
Problematizing the Country Without a Post Office
Human Rights Storytelling in Arundhati Roys
e Forms and Practices of Indian SelerColonial Sovereignty in Kashmir
Sanctioned Ignorance and the Crisis of Solidarity for Kashmir
Kashmir Feminisms and Global Solidarities
Toward Transnational Solidarity in an Age of Seler

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Mona Bhan is Ford Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University, USA. She has authored Counterinsurgency, Development, and the Politics of Identity: From Warfare to Welfare? (Routledge, 2014); co-authored Climate Without Nature: A Critical Anthropology of the Anthropocene (with A. Bauer, 2018); and co-edited Resisting Occupation in Kashmir (with H. Duschinski, A. Zia, and C. Mahmood, 2018). Bhan is on the editorial board of Cultural Anthropology, Critical Disaster Studies and AGITATE. Her writings and interviews have appeared in various forums, including the BBC, Al Jazeera, Scholars Circle, CGTN, Indus TV, TRT, and Open Democracy.

Haley Duschinski is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Ohio University, USA. She is a legal and political anthropologist with research specializations in law and society; violence, war, and power; human rights and international justice; and militarization and impunity. She co-edited Resisting Occupation in Kashmir (with M. Bhan, A. Zia, and C. Mahmood, 2018) as well as special issues of Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law (2018), Critique of Anthropology (2020), and Himalaya (2020). She has published her research in Social & Legal Studies, Political & Legal Anthropology Review, Cultural Studies, Race & Class, Memory Studies, Anthropology Today, Interventions, and Anthropological Quarterly, among others.

Deepti Misri is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA. She is the author of Beyond Partition: Gender, Violence and Representation in Postcolonial India (2014) and the co-editor of a special issue on “Protest” in WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly (2018). Her recent scholarship has focused on visual culture, gender, disability, and militarization in Kashmir and appeared in the journals Cultural Studies, Feminist Studies, Biography, and Public Culture.