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Ethnographic Innovations, South Asian Perspectives

About the Series

The book series Ethnographic Innovations, South Asian Perspectives (EISAP) will offer a new writing space that will draw together work from across the social sciences and the humanities. The series will focus on ethnographic engagements within and across disciplines and creative styles. Our intention is to engender a publishing environment for interdisciplinary conversations that query various uses of ethnography as a methodological and representational form – in the context of South Asia and beyond.


This will include a focus on ethnographic theorization and method at intersections of public policy and private lives. Our aim is to open new perspectives on how the intimate contextualization of ethnographic knowledge might translate into engagements with civil society and modes of governance. The series will also offer a space for questioning factual modes of ethnographic narration and evidencing in respect of work that proffers fictional forms and ‘counter-truth’ claims. Connections and divergences between new media, digital intimacies and analogic life-worlds will comprise another key focus along with new scholarship that extends the legacies of South Asian scholarship on caste, class and race into new conversations with queer, race and sexualities theories. In doing so the series aims to bring about new ethnographic engagements with life making projects in their relation to social theory and regional epistemologies and geographies.

The series will study a variety of themes including:

  • Politics and activism
  • Identity and subjectivities
  • Queer and feminist praxis
  • Media and new media representations and practices
  • Intimacies
  • Class and caste
  • Critical geographies, migration and borders
  • Policy
  • Cultural and creative industries
  • Dress and sartorial politics
  • Nationalisms and sexualities


Dr Niharika Banerjea ([email protected])

Dr Paul Boyce ([email protected])

Dr Rohit K Dasgupta ([email protected])

3 Series Titles

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Polyphony Listening to the Listeners of Community Radio

Polyphony: Listening to the Listeners of Community Radio

1st Edition

By Bridget Backhaus
September 25, 2023

This book looks at the rich and complex history of broadcasting and community broadcasting in the multicultural and multilingual milieu in India. It explores the world of community radio and how community radio broadcasters hear and speak to their audiences under the overarching theme of polyphony....

Stringers and the Journalistic Field Marginalities and Precarious News Labour in Small-Town India

Stringers and the Journalistic Field: Marginalities and Precarious News Labour in Small-Town India

1st Edition

By Nimmagadda Bhargav
February 28, 2023

This book is one of the first ethnographic works on small-town stringers or informal news workers in Indian journalism. It explores existing practices and cultures in the field of local journalism and the roles and spaces stringers occupy. The book outlines the caste, gender, class and ...

COVID-19 Assemblages Queer and Feminist Ethnographies from South Asia

COVID-19 Assemblages: Queer and Feminist Ethnographies from South Asia

1st Edition

Edited By Niharika Banerjea, Paul Boyce, Rohit K. Dasgupta
February 24, 2021

This book documents and analyzes the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through queer and feminist perspectives. A testament of dispossessions as well as a celebration of various forms of resilience, community building and critical responses, it chronicles the social history of queer and trans ...

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