P34


The partisan manufacture of citizens in India 
Convenor:
Nicolas Jaoul (CNRS)
Location:
C104
Start time:
27 July, 2012 at 14:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:
2

Short Abstract:

The panel will discuss the way notions of citizenship informs the formation of political subjectivities in India, by drawing on case studies of the ideological and physical training that political and social organizations provide to their recruits.

Long Abstract

The panel will discuss the way notions of citizenship informs the formation of political subjectivities in India. Contrary to the widespread assumption that the production of citizens is a monopoly of the State, the task of training and disciplining citizens has been appropriated by social and political organizations. Whether secular or communal; ethnic, caste, class or gendered based; banned or legal; separatist or not, the ideological and physical training that organizations provide to their recruits, often conveys notions of citizenship.

What do these ideological discourses and practices of citizenship tell us about the way political subjectivities are crafted? Does the political subject that political organizations seek to produce mimic the virtues of the ideal subject promoted by the state? Or do these redefinitions carry alternative political models?

What are the social uses of citizenship? Does it provide symbolic resources to political minorities seeking legitimacy? Does it help subaltern groups and categories to contest prevailing hierarchies? Is the democratization of political participation able to challenge socially prevalent (even if non official) prerequisites of citizenship in terms of age, gender, class, community, etc?

The panel welcomes historical as well as contemporary case studies on a wide range of political and social movements across India and the "diasporas". Proposals should deal with these organization's ideas on/ practices of political participation, and/or emphasize on the practical manners of carving political subjectivities in terms of pedagogy, narratives, biographies, bodily techniques and material objects (uses of flags, dresses and uniforms, monuments, printed materials, etc).

manners of carving political subjectivities in terms of pedagogy, narratives, biographies, bodily techniques and material objects (uses of flags, dresses and uniforms, monuments, printed materials, etc).

Accepted papers: