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History, Memory and Localised Constructions of Insecurity
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 43, No. 10 (Mar. 8 - 14, 2008), pp. 57-64
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40277231
Page Count: 8
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Taking a predominantly Muslim neighbourhood of Delhi as an example, this paper asks how memories of historical events influence the construction of contemporary urban localities. Discussions with the residents about their preference for living in a "Muslim area" revealed a strong effect of memories of violent events (ranging from the Partition riots to the Gujarat pogrom) in the construction of local urban space. By living in Zakir Nagar its residents felt that they had built a barricade against the religion-based violence and discrimination that had become part of their collective memory. However, how people experienced discrimination and the insecurities they felt were affected not only by their religious identity, but also by their age, class, and gender.
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