Migrants and Militants: Fun and Urban Violence in Pakistan

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Princeton University Press, Apr 11, 2004 - Social Science - 214 pages

Being part of a violent community in revolt can be addictive--it can be fun. This book offers a fascinating inside look at present-day political violence in Pakistan through a historical ethnography of the Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQM), one of the most remarkable and successful religious nationalist movements in postcolonial South Asia. The MQM has mobilized much of the "migrant" (Muhajir) population in Karachi and other urban centers in southern Pakistan and has fomented large-scale ethnic-religious violence. Oskar Verkaaik argues that urban youth see it as an irresistible opportunity for "fun." Drawing on both anthropological fieldwork, including participatory observation among political militants, and historical analyses of state formation, nation-building, and the ethnicization of Islam since 1947, he provides an absorbing and important contribution to theoretical debates about political--religious and nationalist--violence.



Migrants and Militants brings together two perspectives on political violence. Recent studies on ethnic cleansing, genocide, terrorism, and religious violence have emphasized processes of identification and purification. Verkaaik combines these insights with a focus on urban youth culture, in which masculinity, physicality, and the performance of violence are key values. He shows that only through fun and absurdity can a nascent movement transgress the dominant discourse to come of its own. Using these observations, he considers violence as a ludic practice, violence as "martyrdom" and sacrifice, and violence as "terrorism" and resistance.

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It's a waste of tome reading this book the Author has zero knowledge about MQM Religion has nothing to do with MQM Altaf Hussein and Imran Farooq both are kind of Athesis he don't know the origin of MQM he is very more intersted in Pikka Qilla he has no knowledge of Karachi and it's dynamics he is saying Altaf Hueeisn was born in Azizabad wrong he was born in Jamsheed Quaters plus no discussion about Imran Farooq or Saleem Shazia what research he has done beside Pikka Qilla and that wrong facts he got  

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Page 7 - ... a complex web of beliefs, symbols, modes of interaction, values, and ideologies that have emerged in opposition to exclusion from mainstream society. . . . [It] is not a coherent, conscious universe of political opposition but, rather, a spontaneous set of rebellious practices that in the long term have emerged as an oppositional style.
Page xiv - Indonesia thanks to grants from the Netherlands Foundation for the Advancement of Tropical Research (WOTRO).

About the author (2004)

Oskar Verkaaik is Assistant Professor at the Research Center for Religion and Society, University of Amsterdam, and head of the branch office of the International Institute for Asian Studies. He is the author of A People of Migrants and a popular book in Dutch based on his experiences in Pakistan.

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