Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vii

Contents

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pp. viii-ix

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Acknowledgments

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pp. x-xi

...Kleinman, John Knudsen, Riyad Koya, Richard Kurin, David Ludden, David Pederson, Harry Powers, Franklin Pressler, Nirmala Rajasingam, Lee Schlesinger, David Spain, and Anne Stoler. My brother, George Daniel, was an invaluable consultant during my...

Notes on Transliteration

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pp. xii-xvi

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Introduction

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pp. 3-12

...and mortal residue. Kelani Ganga and Kalu Ganga, Sri Lankan rivers of exquisite beauty, for a shudderingly brief period in 1989, were clogged with bodies and foamed with blood. Many have died. How to give an account of these shocking events without giving in to...

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1. OF HERITAGE AND HISTORY

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pp. 13-42

...out of these constructivist exercises, some so brilliant as to deserve the adulation of generations to come. The scholarship that most obviously merits such adulation is of course that of Michel Foucault and a few who have followed (and preceded) his example...

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2. HISTORY’S ENTAILMENTS IN THE VIOLENCE OF A NATION

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pp. 43-71

...“a way of being in” the world, with a modern1 European historical consciousness that presumed to provide its adepts a superior way, “a way of seeing the world.” The dialectical workings of history and heritage under the impress of certain modern historical...

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3. VIOLENT MEASURES, MEASURED VIOLENCE

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pp. 72-103

...structuring power in the living practices of a people that structures the effective aptitudes of every nascent generation, which exercised in its turn, ‘restructures’ the structuring power of that same people” (Margolis 1993:18). The enabling and disabling...

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4. MOOD, MOMENT, AND MIND

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pp. 104-134

...held by a string attached to its base into a liquid so that the point of the inverted pyramid, where the planes of three triangles meet, enters the liquid first. Alas, an individual “point” of contact is only an illusion. From its very first moment of contact...

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5. EMBODIED TERROR

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pp. 135-153

...generalized. Even though all three cultural aesthetes then go on to find ways of representing the unrepresentable in apparent contradiction of their opening premises, the point still holds that any representation of the aesthetic is by its very nature incomplete and...

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6. SUFFERING NATION AND ALIENATION

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pp. 154-193

...political work of art. The nation-state too promises to bring forth order out of disorder, mold form from that in which form is absent. But even though this order may be posited as a future hope, something to be achieved in the making, this hope is drenched...

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7. CRUSHED GLASS: A COUNTERPOINT TO CULTURE

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pp. 194-212

...But in our search for human Being in the world, we keep encountering human beings: the result of the pull of an anthropological attitude against that of a purely philosophical one. Anthropology has had an answer to the question, What is a human being? An answer...

NOTES

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pp. 213-228

GLOSSARY OF FREQUENTLY USED TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

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pp. 229-230

REFERENCES

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pp. 231-240

INDEX

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pp. 241-252