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The 'Gujarat' earthquake and the political economy of nostalgia

Simpson, Edward (2005) 'The 'Gujarat' earthquake and the political economy of nostalgia.' Contributions to Indian Sociology, 39 (2). pp. 219-249.

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Abstract

This article is an ethnographic exploration of the rise and fall of nostalgia as a form of collective narrative among survivors of the 2001 ‘Gujarat’ earthquake. In the social sciences, nostalgia is commonly regarded as an inevitable consequence of alienation from natural and social worlds in both space and time. My data is presented here as a way of scrutinising the complex series of social relationships that create the misleading appearance of cause (alienation) and effect (nostalgia).

Item Type: Journal Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1177/006996670503900202
Depositing User: Edward Simpson
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2008 14:52
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/4566

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