Saffron and Orange

Religion, nation and masculinity in Canada and India

Authored by: Paul Nesbitt-Larking , Catarina Kinnvall

The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138784291
eBook ISBN: 9781315768199
Adobe ISBN: 9781317665717


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Our chapter explores narratives of political belonging among Orangemen in Canada and Hindu nationalists in India. Both the broader historical and constitutional settings of Canada and India as well as the specific religious and national aspirations of Hindu nationalism and Orangeism establish a baseline for a series of comparative and contrasting settings. Through a series of interviews that elicit fragments of life passages, we examine how ‘men make history’ (Marx, 1972/1852, p. 10) or at least attempt to realize themselves in the flow of political events that they apprehend. What becomes apparent is that the other half of Marx’s aphorism is also relevant: that men make history under ‘circumstances transmitted from the past’.

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