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Parivar Raj (Rule of Family): The Role of Money and Force in the Making of Dynastic Authority

Michelutti, L; (2018) Parivar Raj (Rule of Family): The Role of Money and Force in the Making of Dynastic Authority. Studies in Indian Politics 10.1177/2321023018797452. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores the making of a political dynasty in action in a district in western Uttar Pradesh. The founder of the dynasty is a dabang: a self-made violent political entrepreneur. It is argued that the figure of the dabang offers a special ethnographic entry point to contrast forms of power that are achieved versus forms of power that are acquired (inherited) and examines the existing tensions between paternalistic and autonomous models of power. Importantly, such exercise highlights the challenges that dabangs have in cultivating their individual charismatic authority and simultaneously establishing their Parivar Raj (rule of family) by using force and money. On the whole, the presented case study helps us to reflect on the very diverse ways in which dynasties form and work according to the type of authority that is passed through generations.

Type: Article
Title: Parivar Raj (Rule of Family): The Role of Money and Force in the Making of Dynastic Authority
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/2321023018797452
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1177/2321023018797452
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Dynastic authority, charisma, performative politics, money, force
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057169
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