A move to majoritarian nationalism?: challenges of representation in South Asia

Adeney, Katharine (2015) A move to majoritarian nationalism?: challenges of representation in South Asia. Representation, 51 (1). pp. 7-21. ISSN 0034-4893

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Despite India’s status as the world’s largest democracy and increasing turnouts in many of the countries of South Asia, recent elections raise concerns about the threat to democracy in the form of majoritarianism. Many of the countries of South Asia are extremely diverse and (mainly) informal mechanisms of accommodation of minorities have been deployed. At the same time concerns about the threat to minority rights in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been strongly articulated. It is notable that those countries of South Asia, such as Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which have not accommodated their non-dominant groups, have witnessed high levels of conflict. India has been more accommodative, of both linguistic and religious minorities. However, it is precisely this process of accommodation that many in India now worry will be undermined by Hindu majoritarianism.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Representation 07.04.2015 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00344893.2015.1026213
Keywords: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ethnic nationalism, Majoritarianism
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/00344893.2015.1026213
Depositing User: Adeney, Katharine
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2015 07:47
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2016 06:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/28967

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