Lidia Guzy, Uwe Skoda (Eds.)
Indo-European Studies in Politics and Society
Politics, Rituals and Performances in South Asia
(edited by Klaus Voll and Uwe Skoda) [ISSN 1867-9978], Vol.
Berlin, Dezember 2008, 226 Seiten, € 26,80;
About the book:
Featuring contributions from anthropologists, historians and
political scientists working on South Asia the volume introduces
“power plays” in various local contexts –
rural and urban alike. Addressing the question of “en-Act-ment”
of power the authors look at ritual(-ized) and often overtly
performative acts – negotiations, elaborations, struggles
– over resources and prestige, which are dramatized
by using various cultural media and often, though not necessarily,
linked to a divine sphere. Special focus is given to entanglements
between the seriousness of “power”, the social
as well as symbolic forces, on the one hand and the much less
grave, less solemn, rather joyful “play” on the
other hand. Frequently encountered and locally rarely perceived
as inherently contradictory, the “power plays”
introduced here hint at specific local, indigenous understandings
of politics, rituals and performances.
About the editors:
Lidia Guzy Ph.D. is currently
Project Director at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany.
Her recent publications include “Par e Sur: Sounds
of the Goddess of the Bora Sambar Region (Eastern India)”
(CD & Booklet 2008) and the edition of “Religion
and Music” (2008).
Uwe Skoda Ph.D. is Assistant Professor,
South Asian Studies, at the Aarhus University, Denmark.
His recent publications include “The Aghria –
A Peasant Caste on a Tribal Frontier” (2005) and “Der
Hindu-Nationalismus in Indien. Aufstieg, Konsolidierung,
Niedergang?” (2005, edited together with Klaus Voll).