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Routledge Advances in South Asian Studies


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South Asia, with its burgeoning, ethnically diverse population, soaring economies, and nuclear weapons, is an increasingly important region in the global context. The series, which builds on this complex, dynamic and volatile area, features innovative and original research on the region as a whole or on the countries. Its scope extends to scholarly works drawing on history, politics, development studies, sociology and economics of individual countries from the region as well those that take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the area as a whole or to a comparison of two or more countries from this region. In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the insights germane to area studies, as well as the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods. The series welcomes submissions from established authors in the field as well as from young authors who have recently completed their doctoral dissertations.

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Ethno-political Conflict in Pakistan: The Baloch Movement

Ethno-political Conflict in Pakistan: The Baloch Movement

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Rizwan Zeb
November 29, 2019

This book critically examines the Baloch nationalist narrative and explores the causes of the increase of insurgent violence in Balochistan, Pakistan. Using the historical analysis method, the author explores the relations between the national government of Pakistan, or "The Centre", and the...

Indigenous Identity in South Asia: Making Claims in the Colonial Chittagong Hill Tracts

Indigenous Identity in South Asia: Making Claims in the Colonial Chittagong Hill Tracts

1st Edition

Tamina M. Chowdhury
August 23, 2018

In the immediate aftermath of the creation of Bangladesh in 1971, an armed struggle ensued in its remote south-eastern corner. The hill people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, more commonly referred to as paharis, demanded official recognition, and autonomy, as the indigenous people of the Tracts....

Governance and Development in India: A Comparative Study on Andhra Pradesh and Bihar after Liberalization

Governance and Development in India: A Comparative Study on Andhra Pradesh and Bihar after Liberalization

1st Edition

Seyed Hossein Zarhani
August 20, 2018

The study of the political economy of development in India is significant as India has emerged as one of the fastest-growing countries during the last three decades and the rate of economic growth and poverty reduction have not been matched in India’s subnational states. Although the Union...

Globalisation and Governance in India: New Challenges to Society and Institutions

Globalisation and Governance in India: New Challenges to Society and Institutions

1st Edition

Harihar Bhattacharyya, Lion König
June 28, 2018

This book examines the impact of globalization on some vital aspects of Indian politics, its structures and processes, and identifies the challenges to globalization itself, in order to highlight India’s complex and fascinating story. In 1991, India officially embraced the policy of neo-liberal...

Indian Muslims and Citizenship: Spaces for Jihād in Everyday Life

Indian Muslims and Citizenship: Spaces for Jihād in Everyday Life

1st Edition

Julten Abdelhalim
June 28, 2018

Through the creation of post-colonial citizenship, India adopted a hybridisation of specific secular and western conception of citizenship. In this democratic framework, Indian Muslims are observed on how they make use of the spaces and channels to accommodate their Islamic identity within a...

India-China Relations: Politics of Resources, Identity and Authority in a Multipolar World Order

India-China Relations: Politics of Resources, Identity and Authority in a Multipolar World Order

1st Edition

Jagannath P. Panda
April 17, 2018

The rise of India and China as two major economic and political actors in both regional and global politics necessitates an analysis of not only their bilateral ties but also the significance of their regional and global pursuits. This book looks at the nuances and politics that the two countries...

Islam, Sufism and Everyday Politics of Belonging in South Asia

Islam, Sufism and Everyday Politics of Belonging in South Asia

1st Edition

Deepra Dandekar, Torsten Tschacher
April 17, 2018

This book looks at the study of ideas, practices and institutions in South Asian Islam, commonly identified as ‘Sufism’, and how they relate to politics in South Asia. While the importance of Sufism for the lives of South Asian Muslims has been repeatedly asserted, the specific role played by...

Suicide Protest in South Asia: Consumed by Commitment

Suicide Protest in South Asia: Consumed by Commitment

1st Edition

Simanti Lahiri
October 26, 2017

The radical act of suicide protest is undertaken by social movement participants in order to demand a particular previously articulated political outcome. This book examines the history and impact of suicide protest, which has been increasingly used as a protest tactic since World War II, adding to...

E-Governance in India: Interlocking politics, technology and culture

E-Governance in India: Interlocking politics, technology and culture

1st Edition

Bidisha Chaudhuri
October 26, 2017

E-Governance has been one of the strategic sectors of reform in India since late 1990s under the rubric of ‘good governance’ agenda promoted by International Organizations. As India’s policy focus changed towards economic liberalization, deregulation and privatization proliferating domestic and...

The Political Philosophies of Antonio Gramsci and B. R. Ambedkar: Itineraries of Dalits and Subalterns

The Political Philosophies of Antonio Gramsci and B. R. Ambedkar: Itineraries of Dalits and Subalterns

1st Edition

Cosimo Zene
October 12, 2017

Bridging two generations of scholarship on social inequality and modern political forms, this book examines the political philosophies of inclusion of subalterns/Dalits in Gramsci and Ambedkar’s political philosophies. It highlights the full range of Gramsci’s ‘philosophy of praxis’ and presents a...

Gender Justice and Proportionality in India: Comparative Perspectives

Gender Justice and Proportionality in India: Comparative Perspectives

1st Edition

Juliette Gregory Duara
October 03, 2017

For a judiciary in a democracy, dispensing justice is not only about doing justice, but also about showing that justice is being done; it is about giving reasons and creating a "culture of justification". The question becomes how to nurture such a culture. A number of liberal democratic...

Vision and Strategy in Indian Politics: Jawaharlal Nehru’s Policy Choices and the Designing of Political Institutions

Vision and Strategy in Indian Politics: Jawaharlal Nehru’s Policy Choices and the Designing of Political Institutions

1st Edition

Jivanta Schoettli
May 24, 2017

The 1950s in India were a crucial transition phase where the legacy and institutions of British rule had to be transformed to fit the needs of a post-colonial state. This period is closely associated with India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru (1947 – 64). Selecting three key policies...

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