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Language, Emotion, and Politics in South India: The Making of a Mother Tongue (Contemporary Indian Studies)

Language, Emotion, and Politics in South India: The Making of a Mother Tongue (Contemporary Indian Studies)

By: Lisa Mitchell (author)Paperback

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What makes someone willing to die, not for a nation, but for a language? In the mid-20th century, southern India saw a wave of dramatic suicides in the name of language. Lisa Mitchell traces the colonial-era changes in knowledge and practice linked to the Telugu language that lay behind some of these events. As identities based on language came to appear natural, the road was paved for the political reorganization of the Indian state along linguistic lines after independence.

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Lisa Mitchell is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and History in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.


AcknowledgmentsNote on Transliteration and Spelling Introduction: A New Emotional Commitment to Language1. From Language of the Land to Language of the People: Geography, Language, and Community in Southern India2. Making a Subject of Language3. Making the Local Foreign: Shared Language and History in Southern India4. From Pandit to Primer: Pedagogy and Its Mediums5. From the Art of Memory to the Art of Translation: Making Languages Parallel6. Martyrs in the Name of Language? Death and the Making of Linguistic PassionConclusion: Language as a New Foundational CategoryNotesBibliographyIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9780253220691
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780253220691
  • ISBN10: 0253220696

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