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Cityscapes of Violence in Karachi: Publics and Counterpublics

Nichola Khan


This book enlists some controversies that understanding, writing about and publishing on violence in Karachi entails. It brings into conversation some prominent academics—including anthropologists and political scientists—journalists, writers and activists. This diverse coalition provokes shifts away from recursive academic and media scripts of the city toward a different “counter-public” of cultural and political commentary, as the contributors critically unpack the constitutive relation of violence to personal experience and also seek to create new understandings that are tentatively shared. ... More

Keywords: Karachi, Urban violence, Pakistan, Ethnography, Publishing, Publics/Counter-Publics, Militancy, Religious movements, Ethnicity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190656546
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190656546.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nichola Khan, editor
University of Brighton, UK

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