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Wages of Violence: Naming and Identity in Postcolonial Bombay
When Bombay changed its name to Mumbai in 1995, it was the culmination of a long process that transformed India's primary symbol of modernity and cultural diversity into a site of intense ethnic conflict and violent nationalism. Wages of Violence is a startling account of how the city's atmosphere, dominant public languages, and power structures have changed since the 1960 ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 18th 2001 by Princeton University Press
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this is pretty well written scholarship, so i'd like to give it 3 stars. however, the title has nothing to do with more than the first few pages of the book. and i'm still not sure exactly what the thesis was. this might just be my miss, but the book is really about religious politics in Bombay, focusing roughly on the 80s & 90s. interesting, but not what i thought i was signing up for. and not as cohesive as it could have been.