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South Asian Sovereignty: The Conundrum of Worldly Power

South Asian Sovereignty: The Conundrum of Worldly Power

1st Edition

David Gilmartin, Pamela Price, Arild Engelsen Ruud
August 09, 2019

This book brings ethnographies of everyday power and ritual into dialogue with intellectual studies of theology and political theory. It underscores the importance of academic collaboration between scholars of religion, anthropology, and history in uncovering the structures of thinking and action...

Emotions, Mobilisations and South Asian Politics

Emotions, Mobilisations and South Asian Politics

1st Edition

Amélie Blom, Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal
July 11, 2019

This book highlights the role of emotions in the contentious politics of modern South Asia. It brings new methodological, theoretical and empirical insights to the mutual constitution of emotions and mobilisations in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. As such, it addresses three distinct but related...

Dalits in Neoliberal India: Mobility or Marginalisation?

Dalits in Neoliberal India: Mobility or Marginalisation?

1st Edition

Clarinda Still
June 14, 2019

India‘s economic growth has brought opportunities for many but to what extent has it benefitted its ethnically-shaped underclass: the Dalits? Have Dalits fared better in a neoliberal India or have structural economic and social changes served to magnify Dalit disadvantage? This volume offers a...

Broadening and Deepening Democracy: Political Innovation in Karnataka

Broadening and Deepening Democracy: Political Innovation in Karnataka

1st Edition

E Raghavan, James Manor
August 14, 2018

This book examines certain changes in the political make-up of Karnataka, between the early 1970s and the late 1980s, which, in turn, led to the birth of a unique democracy in the state. In a departure from most studies on political science and political history which pay little or no attention to...

Retro-modern India: Forging the Low-caste Self

Retro-modern India: Forging the Low-caste Self

1st Edition

Manuela Ciotti
August 14, 2018

Firmly situated within the analytics of the political economy of a north Indian province, this book explores self-fashioning in pursuit of the modern amongst low-caste Chamars. Challenging existing accounts of national modernity in the non-West, the book argues that subaltern classes shape their...

The Vernacularisation of Democracy: Politics, Caste and Religion in India

The Vernacularisation of Democracy: Politics, Caste and Religion in India

1st Edition

Lucia Michelutti
August 10, 2018

The book is an ethnographic exploration of how ‘democracy’ takes social and cultural roots in India and in the process shapes the nature of popular politics. It centres on a historically marginalised caste who in recent years has become one of the most assertive and politically powerful communities...

Politics, Landlords and Islam in Pakistan

Politics, Landlords and Islam in Pakistan

1st Edition

Nicolas Martin
December 04, 2017

This book offers unique insights into the changing nature of power and hierarchy in rural Pakistan from colonial times to present day. It shows how electoral politics and the erosion of traditional patron–client ties have not empowered the lower classes. The monograph highlights the persistence of...

The Politics of Caste in West Bengal

The Politics of Caste in West Bengal

1st Edition

Uday Chandra, Geir Heierstad, Kenneth Bo Nielsen
November 28, 2017

This volume offers for the first time a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the making and maintenance of a modern caste society in colonial and postcolonial West Bengal in India. Drawing on cutting-edge multidisciplinary scholarship, it explains why caste continues to be neglected in the...

Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India

Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India

1st Edition

Andrew Sanchez
November 28, 2017

Criminal Capital explores the relationship between neoliberalism, criminality and the reshaping of class in modern India. It discusses how the political vocabularies of urban industrial workers reflect the processes by which power is distributed across the region. Based upon field research among a...

Power and Influence in India: Bosses, Lords and Captains

Power and Influence in India: Bosses, Lords and Captains

1st Edition

Pamela Price, Arild Engelsen Ruud
January 21, 2016

Taking cognisance of the lack of studies on leadership in modern India, this book explores how leadership is practiced in the Indian context, examining this across varied domains — from rural settings and urban neighbourhoods to political parties and state governments. The importance of individual...

Why India Votes?

Why India Votes?

1st Edition

Mukulika Banerjee
March 14, 2014

Why India Votes? offers a fascinating account of the Indian electorate through a series of comprehensive ethnographic explorations conducted across the country — Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. It...

Rise of the Plebeians?: The Changing Face of the Indian Legislative Assemblies

Rise of the Plebeians?: The Changing Face of the Indian Legislative Assemblies

1st Edition

Christophe Jaffrelot, Sanjay Kumar
March 09, 2009

For decades, India has been a conservative democracy governed by the upper caste notables coming from the urban bourgeoisie, the landowning aristocracy and the intelligentsia. The democratisation of the ‘world’s largest democracy’ started with the rise of peasants’ parties and the politicisation of...

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