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Patterns of Urban Violence

Patterns of Urban Violence Carol Upadhya Collective Violence in a Provincial City by D Parthasarathy; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1997; pp 204, Rs 395, IN 1988, large-scale noting erupted in the coastal Andhra town of Vijayawada, taking many by surprise. The destruction and looting were widely perceived as the outcome of inter-caste conflict between kammas and kapus, groups which had not previously been thought of as antagonists. While Vijayawada had a long history of political and gang- related violence,' this kind of inter-caste conflict was new and appeared to reflect a change in the alignment of social and political forces. The author of the book under review has taken as his task the explanation of this episode; the study is therefore a timely intervention into the debate on the origins and significance of growing urban violence in India.

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