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Listening for Echoes

The experience of partition as a political and territorial separation of groups and societies is shared by a number of states in contemporary times. As many societies have been shaped in significant yet uniquely different ways by partition, this essay examines its relevance in facilitating conversations across cultures. In moving beyond contexts and cultural specificities, this essay searches for comparative insights and approaches with the potential for fruitful dialogue. The authors suggest that the shared experience of partition could provide the incentive to search for and facilitate "listening for echoes" that connect the diverse settings of India-Pakistan, Israel-Palestine and Germany. The theme illustrates the range and complexity of analytical challenges for the disciplines of social anthropology and sociology..

Primogeniture in Awadh-Sociological Implications for Class and Gender

The sociological implications of Taluqdari Succession Act of 1869 are immense as adherence to primogeniture in inheritance was made compulsory for all taluqdari families. In Awadh the combination of political and administrative exigencies and colonial policy ted to sacrifice of the sanctity of custom in favour of primogeniture for taluqdars of both Hindu and Muslim families. Being directly in opposition to the colonial state's proclaimed 'hands off' policy on the vital issue of customary laws, the working of the act affords insights into the way in which law interfaces with local custom.
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