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In the Wake of Disaster

In the Wake of Disaster
Islamists, the State and a Social Contract in Pakistan

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  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108472920

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  • What is the state's responsibility to its people in the aftermath of a natural hazard based disaster? The book sets out to address this seemingly simple question, after large scale floods devastated Pakistan in 2010 and then again in 2011. Along the way it delves into rich detail about people's everday encounters with the state in Pakistan, uncovers postcolonial discourses on rights of citizenship and dispels mainstream understanding of Islamist groups as presenting an alternative development paradigm to the state. Based on detailed ethnographic fieldwork, In the Wake of the Disaster forces the reader to look beyond narratives of Pakistan as the perennial 'failing state' falling victim to an imminent 'Islamist takeover'. The book shifts the conversation from hysteria and sensationalism surrounding Pakistan to the everyday. In doing so it transforms our understanding of contemporary disasters.

    • Employs ethnographic methodology to ground its arguments
    • Draws on approaches from literature and other disciplines
    • Makes an academic argument while discussing and evaluating policy
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    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108472920
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: settling the scene
    1. A social contract: state-citizen relations and unfolding disasters
    2. The state as a complex web of social relations
    3. The ethnographic social contract
    4. Advancing 'disaster citizenship'
    5. The failing 'Islamist takeover' in the aftermath of the Indus floods
    6. Conclusion: disaster and state-citizen relationship
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Ayesha Siddiqi, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Ayesha Siddiqi teaches at the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. She was awarded an AXA Doctoral Fellowship in 2010, and completed her Ph.D in the War Studies and Geography Departments at King's College London in 2014. She has also published with foremost scholarly journals like Geopolitics and Contemporary South Asia.

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