Delusional states: Feeling rule and development in Pakistan's Northern Frontier
Delusional States: Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan's Northern Frontier is the first in-depth study of state power and social struggle in Gilgit-Baltistan - the only Shia-majority region of Sunni-dominated Pakistan and a contested border zone that forms part of disputed Kashmir. For seven decades, the political conflict over Kashmir has locked India and Pakistan in brutal wars and hate-centered nationalisms. This book illuminates how within this story of hate lie other stories - of love and betrayal, loyalty and suspicion, and beauty and terror. Placing these emotionalities at the centre of its analysis, Delusional States rethinks the state–citizen relation in deeply felt and intimate terms, offering a fine-grained ethnographic analysis of power and subjection in contemporary Pakistan. A powerful contribution to studies of state-making and Muslim sociality in South Asia, the book additionally offers distinct theoretical insights in the fields of social movements, political ecology, education, and global development studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- PART I: Representation and repression – Chapter 1: Unimagined communities in the Eco-body of the nation – Chapter 2: Loyalty, suspicion, sacrifice: Feeling and force under militarism -- PART II: Education and the politics of faith – Chapter 3: Challenging school textbooks: The sectarian making of national Islam – Chapter 4: Sectarian imaginaries and poetic publics -- PART III: Saving nature, saving people – Chapter 5: The nature of development: Neoliberal environments and pastoral visions – Chapter 6: Books vs. bombs? Humanitarian education, empire, and the narrative of terror - Conclusion: The Great Media Game – Bibliography – Index.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2019
Education, Politics and international relations, Political sociology, Area studies, South Asian Government, Politics and policy, Sociology, Asian studies
Ali, N. (2019). Delusional states: Feeling rule and development in Pakistan's Northern Frontier. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.