This book offers the first substantial critical examination of men
and masculinities in relation to political crises in South Asian
literatures and cultures. It employs political crisis as a frame to
analyze how South Asian men and masculinities have been shaped by
critical historical events, events which have redrawn maps and
remapped or unmapped bodies with different effects. These include
colonialism, anti-colonialism, state formations, civil wars,
religious conflicts, and migration. Political crisis functions as a
framing device to offer nuances and clarifications to the assumed
visibility of male bodies and male activities during political
crisis. The focus on masculinities in historical moments of crisis
divests masculinity of its naturalization and calls for a
heterogeneous conceptualization of the everyday practices and
experiences of `being a man.' Written by scholars from a variety of
theoretical perspectives and disciplinary approaches, and drawing
on a range of written and visual texts, this book contributes to
this recent rethinking of South Asian literary and cultural history
by engaging masculinity as a historicized category of analysis that
accommodates an understanding of history as differentiated
encounters among bodies, cultures, and nations. This book was
originally published as a special issue of South Asian History and
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