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Body of Victim, Body of WarriorRefugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists$
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Cabeiri deBergh Robinson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274204

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274204.001.0001

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Between War and Refuge in Jammu and Kashmir

Between War and Refuge in Jammu and Kashmir

Displacement, Borders, and the Boundaries of Political Belonging

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(p.31) One Between War and Refuge in Jammu and Kashmir
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Body of Victim, Body of Warrior
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Cabeiri deBergh Robinson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274204.003.0002

This chapter examines the apparent paradox of the collective identification of the Kashmiri refugee: that the very existence of the Kashmiri refugee as a politico-legal and sociocultural identity both underwrites and challenges the structural foundations of the postcolonial nation-state in South Asia. It first provides a historical background on the Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir before turning to the history and historicity of formation of the Kashmiri political subject. In particular, the chapter considers how a highly territorialized definition of political belonging emerged in the greater Kashmir region. It also explores how the historical patterns of displacement in the region between 1947 and 2001 gave rise to a dispersed population of people who became categorized as “refugees from the State of Jammu and Kashmir” living in Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir. It argues that the territorial borders of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir State provide neither the empirical nor analytical language required to express the relationship between being Kashmiri and political activism.

Keywords:   political belonging, displacement, Kashmiri refugee, postcolonial nation-state, Kashmir, Pakistan, territorial borders, Jammu and Kashmir, political activism

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