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Etničnost i modernizacija: Indijski potkontinent
Ethnicity And Modernisation: The Indian Subcontinent

Author(s): Ružica Čičak-Chand
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Institut za migracije i narodnosti
Keywords: ethnicity; the Indian subcontinent; modernisation; development; British colonial rule; ethnic conflict; integration policy and pluralism;

Summary/Abstract: The paper analyses the effects of modernisation processes on the development of ethnicity and interethnic relations in the context of modern states on the Indian subcontinent, perhaps one of the most complex areas of interethnic interaction in the world. First, it presents a schematic overview of the ethnic groups in the individual countries, indicating in part their similarities and also differences in view of their development, structural and spatial dimensions as well as significance in regard to interethnic relations. Proceeding from the assumption that modern ethnicity is primarily a political phenomenon, the text links the new phenomenon of ethnic revival in the countries of the Indian sub-continent with attempts to affirm religious and regional, or else ethnic aspects in opposition to the project of modernisation and development of a new form of homogenised society, and also in opposition to internal colonialism, which often accompanies the national policies of new states (e.g. the creation of Bangladesh and the domination of the Sinhalese majority on Sri Lanka).

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: 2-3
  • Page Range: 269-289
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Croatian