Published: Nov. 16, 2022

About the author: Deepti Misri is an Associate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Book description:  The Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies presents emerging critical knowledge frameworks and perspectives that foreground situated histories and resistance practices to challenge colonial and postcolonial forms of governance and state building. It politicizes discourses of nationalism, patriotism, democracy, and liberalism, and it questions how these dominant globalist imaginaries and discourses serve institutionalized power, create hegemony, and normalize domination. In doing so, the handbook situates Critical Kashmir Studies scholarship within global scholarly conversations on nationalism, sovereignty, indigenous movements, human rights, and international law.

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"This crucial, timely volume not only explicates the political situation of Kashmir, it offers a paradigm-shifting example of place as relational praxis. From the critique of area studies and state-centric analytics to the attention to the ethics of knowledge and production, the editors and contributors make a trenchant case for why Kashmir both illuminates and connects with numerous other liberation movements around the world. As such, The Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies is a brilliant envisioning of scholarship as a solidarity that draws together and transforms indigenous, decolonial, intersectional and transnational thought."

-Jasbir K. Puar, Professor and Graduate Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University; author of "Terrorist Assemblages" and "The Right to Maim."

"This pathbreaking interdisciplinary volume--grounded in feminist principles that are at once anti-colonial, anti-occupation, and anti-caste --brilliantly speaks to the urgency of self-determination for Kashmir. Challenging statist and area studies frameworks that typically privilege international relations and security studies, this rich collection features crucial epistemological interventions that enable the decolonial knowledge production necessary for political liberation--the best in critical Kashmir Studies."

- J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Professor of American Studies and an affiliate faculty member in Anthropology at Wesleyan University; author of 'Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism.'

Publication date: September 2022

Publisher: Routledge