By R. C. Tripathi, Purnima Singh

This quantity brings jointly very important and unique views from South Asia at the courting among violence---an more and more vital factor in multicultural societies---and the method of othering. The individuals kingdom that societies create 'others' via planned acts of choice over a time period. the target of the method of othering is to disclaim rights and privileges that one units for one's personal staff. This quantity affirms that valuable to the knowledge of violence in any society is the certainty of othering procedures. Violence and nonviolence are prompted via the character of othering methods in addition to the categories of others in a society. teams engaged in mutual othering also are those which are frequently keen on violent relationships.

Renowned students from varied fields supply multidisciplinary views on violence and othering, discussing the ideas of violence and nonviolence in multicultural societies, communal concord, structures of the opposite, fact commissions, nation censorship of 'sensitive' concerns, fundamentalism and secularism in multifaith societies, and particular instances from contemporary violence-prone parts. This quantity specializes in the South Asian, and extra in particular, the Indian context, yet is appropriate for researchers trying to comprehend those concerns anyplace on the planet.

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