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Title: COMMON SENSE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS : THE CASE OF INDIAN FOREIGN POLICY VIS-A-VIS JAMMU AND KASHMIR, 1947-50
Authors: AMIT JAI PAL JULKA
ORCID iD:   orcid.org/0000-0001-7434-6651
Keywords: common sense, foreign policy, Kashmir, Gramsci, India, discourse analysis, domestic
Issue Date: 10-Dec-2018
Citation: AMIT JAI PAL JULKA (2018-12-10). COMMON SENSE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS : THE CASE OF INDIAN FOREIGN POLICY VIS-A-VIS JAMMU AND KASHMIR, 1947-50. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: How do ideas of the masses impact foreign policy? As a discipline, International Relations has sought to answer this through various conceptual lenses - national identity, public opinion, and popular culture. However, at the core of all these lenses lie a mass of undifferentiated, often contradictory but uncontested ideas that a society takes for granted, which can be called its mass common-sense. In my doctoral dissertation, I conceptualize, operationalize, and use mass common-sense to understand India’s foreign policy regarding Jammu & Kashmir from 1947-50. I argue that mass common-sense acts as a ‘gatekeeper of legitimacy’ within societal discourse and thus enables and constrains how masses and elites interpret and act in the world around them. Recovering common-sense from diverse Hindi and Urdu sources such as folk songs, children’s literature, popular history books, films and short stories, I explain how mass conceptions of masculinity, morality and justice shaped India’s actions and inactions in Jammu & Kashmir. In doing so, my research brings a fresh, bottom-up perspective to an otherwise over-studied conflict.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/153721
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