Arafaat A. Valiani: Physical training practices and novel forms of civic conduct in Gujarat, India

Posted March 3, 2010: In his lecture (linked below), Assistant Professor of Sociology Arafaat A. Valiani “draws upon his current book project which ethnographically and historically investigates how practices of physical training have produced novel forms of civic conduct that are tied to public performances of violence in the western Indian state of Gujarat.  Valiani historically situates neighborhood-based physical training, which has been organized by the contemporary Hindu Nationalist Movement in Gujarat, by connecting it to the non-violent nationalist movement of Mohandas Gandhi which was launched in the state in the early twentieth century.” John W. Kluge Center.    Valiani is a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress.