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Routledge/Edinburgh South Asian Studies Series


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This series is published in association with the Centre for South Asian Studies, Edinburgh University - one of the leading centres for South Asian Studies in the UK with a strong interdisciplinary focus. It presents research monographs and high-quality edited volumes as well as textbook on topics concerning the Indian subcontinent from the modern period to contemporary times. It aims to advance understanding of the key issues in the study of South Asia, and contributions include works by experts in the social sciences and the humanities. In accordance with the academic traditions of Edinburgh, we particularly welcome submissions which emphasise the social in South Asian history, politics, sociology and anthropology, based upon thick description of empirical reality, generalised to provide original and broadly applicable conclusions.

The series welcomes new submissions from young researchers as well as established scholars working on South Asia, from any disciplinary perspective.

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Migrant Health Professionals and the Global Labour Market: The Dreams and Traps of Nepali Nurses

Migrant Health Professionals and the Global Labour Market: The Dreams and Traps of Nepali Nurses

1st Edition

Radha Adhikari
October 31, 2019

This book offers a fresh perspective on gender debates in Nepal and analyses how the international migration of the first generation of professional female Nepali nurses has been a catalyst for social change. With unprecedented access to study participants in Nepal (the source country),...

Space, Utopia and Indian Decolonization: Literary Pre-Figurations of the Postcolony

Space, Utopia and Indian Decolonization: Literary Pre-Figurations of the Postcolony

1st Edition

Sandeep Banerjee
April 10, 2019

The book illuminates the spatial utopianism of South Asian anti-colonial texts by showing how they refuse colonial spatial imaginaries to re-imagine the British Indian colony as the postcolony in diverse and contested ways. Focusing on the literary field of South Asia between, largely, the 1860s...

Global Health Governance and Commercialisation of Public Health in India: Actors, Institutions and the Dialectics of Global and Local

Global Health Governance and Commercialisation of Public Health in India: Actors, Institutions and the Dialectics of Global and Local

1st Edition

Anuj Kapilashrami, Rama V. Baru
August 20, 2018

Global health governance has been the subject of wide scholarship, more recently brought to the fore by priorities for global health defined by the Sustainable Development Agenda. The health landscape itself has changed dramatically in the last two decades, shaped by cross-border flows of capital,...

Agency and Knowledge in Northeast India: The Life and Landscapes of Dreams

Agency and Knowledge in Northeast India: The Life and Landscapes of Dreams

1st Edition

Michael Heneise
August 10, 2018

The Nagas of Northeast India give great importance to dreams as sources of divine knowledge, especially knowledge about the future. Although British colonialism, Christian missions, and political conflict have resulted in sweeping cultural and political transformations in the Indo-Myanmar...

Provincial Globalization in India: Transregional Mobilities and Development Politics

Provincial Globalization in India: Transregional Mobilities and Development Politics

1st Edition

Carol Upadhya, Mario Rutten, Leah Koskimaki
June 28, 2018

The movement of people from small towns and villages of India to places outside the country raises a number of questions– about the networks that enable their mobility, the aspirations that motivate them, what they give back to their home regions, and how their provincial home worlds engage with...

Urban Marginalisation in South Asia: Waste Pickers in Calcutta

Urban Marginalisation in South Asia: Waste Pickers in Calcutta

1st Edition

Nandini Sen
June 21, 2018

The community of waste pickers in Calcutta stands on its own against the hostile outside which comprises the state, elites and mainstream society. The residents of this unique world continuously try to escape the ‘ideal’ world of uniform homogeneity of legally legitimate profession, shelter,...

Democracy and Transparency in the Indian State: The Making of the Right to Information Act

Democracy and Transparency in the Indian State: The Making of the Right to Information Act

1st Edition

Prashant Sharma
January 24, 2018

The enactment of the national Right to Information (RTI) Act in 2005 has been produced, consumed, and celebrated as an important event of democratic deepening in India both in terms of the process that led to its enactment (arising from a grassroots movement) and its outcome (fundamentally altering...

Neoliberalism and the Transforming Left in India: A contradictory manifesto

Neoliberalism and the Transforming Left in India: A contradictory manifesto

1st Edition

Ritanjan Das
October 30, 2017

West Bengal has often been perceived as somewhat of an aberration in the wider context of a rather chaotic Indian democracy, as the Left Front (spearheaded by the Communist Party of India-Marxist, CPIM) demonstrated a rare instance of political stability, decisively winning seven consecutive...

The Politics of Reconstruction and Development in Sri Lanka: Transnational Commitments to Social Change

The Politics of Reconstruction and Development in Sri Lanka: Transnational Commitments to Social Change

1st Edition

Eva Gerharz
October 26, 2017

Sri Lanka’s conflict and peace processes have gained global attention during recent years. This book presents a comprehensive insight into the politics of reconstruction and development in Sri Lanka, focussing on the ceasefire which was negotiated between the Government of Sri Lanka and the...

Transnational Pakistani Connections: Marrying ‘Back Home’

Transnational Pakistani Connections: Marrying ‘Back Home’

1st Edition

Katharine Charsley
October 23, 2017

Since restrictions on commonwealth labour immigration to Britain in the 1960s, marriage has been the dominant form of migration between Pakistan and the UK. Most transnational Pakistani marriages are between cousins or other more distant relatives, lending a particular texture to this transnational...

Violence, Torture and Memory in Sri Lanka: Life after Terror

Violence, Torture and Memory in Sri Lanka: Life after Terror

1st Edition

Dhana Hughes
October 12, 2017

Drawing on original ethnographic field-research conducted primarily with former guerrilla insurgents in southern and central Sri Lanka, this book analyses the memories and narratives of people who have perpetrated political violence. It explores how violence is negotiated and lived with in the...

Everyday State and Politics in India: Government in the Backyard in Kalahandi

Everyday State and Politics in India: Government in the Backyard in Kalahandi

1st Edition

Sailen Routray
October 09, 2017

The Kalahandi district in the state of Odisha in Eastern India is regarded as an iconic region of underdevelopment, and is often perceived to be the ‘Somalia’ of the country. It is also the site of a large number of governmental interventions.This book focuses on processes of governance in Odisha,...

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