Exploring the Political in South Asia

Series Editor:
  • Mukulika Banerjee
    South Asia Centre and Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Exploring the Political in South Asia is devoted to the publication of research on the political cultures of the region. The books in this Series will present qualitative and quantitative analyses grounded in field research, and will explore the cultures of democracies in their everyday local settings, specifically the workings of modern political institutions, practices of political mobilisation, manoeuvres of high politics, structures of popular beliefs, content of political ideologies and styles of political leadership, amongst others. Through fine-grained descriptions of particular settings in South Asia, the studies presented in this Series will inform, and have implications for, general discussions of democracy and politics elsewhere in the world.

  • South Asian Sovereignty: The Conundrum of Worldly Power book cover

    South Asian Sovereignty

    The Conundrum of Worldly Power, 1st Edition

    Edited by David Gilmartin, Pamela Price, Arild Engelsen Ruud

    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…

    Paperback – 2019-08-22 
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

  • Emotions, Mobilisations and South Asian Politics book cover

    Emotions, Mobilisations and South Asian Politics

    1st Edition

    Edited by Amélie Blom, Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal

    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…

    Hardback – 2019-07-26 
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

  • Politics, Landlords and Islam in Pakistan book cover

    Politics, Landlords and Islam in Pakistan

    1st Edition

    By Nicolas Martin

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-12-04
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

  • The Politics of Caste in West Bengal book cover

    The Politics of Caste in West Bengal

    1st Edition

    Edited by Uday Chandra, Geir Heierstad, Kenneth Bo Nielsen

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-11-28
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

  • Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India book cover

    Criminal Capital

    Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India, 1st Edition

    By Andrew Sanchez

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-11-28
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

  • Power and Influence in India: Bosses, Lords and Captains book cover

    Power and Influence in India

    Bosses, Lords and Captains, 1st Edition

    Edited by Pamela Price, Arild Engelsen Ruud

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

  • Dalits in Neoliberal India: Mobility or Marginalisation? book cover

    Dalits in Neoliberal India

    Mobility or Marginalisation?, 1st Edition

    Edited by Clarinda Still

    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…

    Hardback – 2014-08-08
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

  • Why India Votes? book cover

    Why India Votes?

    1st Edition

    By Mukulika Banerjee

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-03-14
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

  • Retro-modern India: Forging the Low-caste Self book cover

    Retro-modern India

    Forging the Low-caste Self, 1st Edition

    By Manuela Ciotti

    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…

    Hardback – 2009-12-29
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

  • Broadening and Deepening Democracy: Political Innovation in Karnataka book cover

    Broadening and Deepening Democracy

    Political Innovation in Karnataka, 1st Edition

    By E Raghavan, James Manor

    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…

    Hardback – 2009-07-31
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

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

    The Vernacularisation of Democracy

    Politics, Caste and Religion in India, 1st Edition

    By Lucia Michelutti

    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…

    Hardback – 2008-10-24
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia