Politics and the Work of the Dead in Modern India

  title={Politics and the Work of the Dead in Modern India},
  author={Christine J Moffat},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={178 - 211}
  • C. Moffat
  • Published 1 January 2018
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
Abstract This article provides a framework for understanding the continuing political potential of the anticolonial dead in twenty-first-century India. It demonstrates how scholars might move beyond histories of reception to interrogate the force of inheritance in contemporary political life. Rather than the willful conjuring of the dead by the living, for a politics in the present, it considers the more provocative possibility that the dead might themselves conjure politics—calling the living… 
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