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Sikhism, Traumatic Repetition, and the Question of Aesthetic Sovereignty

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This article provides a detailed discussion of Arvind Mandair’s new work Religion and the Specter of the West. Written from a sociological vantage point, which is informed by a long commitment to Sikh Studies, the argument presented here focuses on three organizing concepts of Mandair’s work: (1) repetition and how it is to be read within the process of subject formation, (2) trauma as a conceptual tool to rethink postcolonial identity, and (3) aesthetic sovereignty as providing a possible exit out of hermeneutic dilemmas of ‘translating religion.’

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, York University Toronto, Ontario Canada, Email:


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