The volumes in this Focus series shall explore quotidian claims made on the modern – understood as idea and image, practice and procedure – as part of everyday articulations of modernity on the Indian sub-continent. Here, the category-entity of the subject refers not only to social actors who have been active participants in historical processes of modernity, but as equally implying branch of learning and area of study, topic and theme, question and matter, and issue and business. Our effort would be to address such modern subjects in a range of distinct yet overlaying ways.
Its titles would address the queries and concepts entailed in earlier explorations of the modern and recent reconsiderations of modernity by focusing on a clutch of common and critical questions. Our bid is not to indolently exorcize aggrandizing representations of modernity as the West, but to prudently track instead the play of such projections in the commonplace unraveling of the modern in India today.
By Saurabh Dube
October 10, 2022
Scrupulously based in anthropology and history – and drawing on social theory and critical thought – this book revisits the disciplines, archives, and subjects of modernity. There are at least three interleaving emphases here. To begin with, the work rethinks institutionalized formations of ...
By Meghna Bal, Vivan Sharan
September 19, 2022
The Dazzle of the Digital is written in the context of digital technology’s inextricable link with progress and modernity in India, with the Covid pandemic in the backdrop. Digital technology such as smartphones and the internet exemplify the popular ideal of a modernity where the proliferation of ...
By Parul Bhandari
June 26, 2019
Based on ethnographic research, this book explores the ways in which elite women use and view money in order to construct identities – of class, status, and gender. Drawing on their everyday worlds, it tracks the intricate and contested meanings they attach to money. Focusing on weddings, travel, ...
By Pankaj Sekhsaria
December 18, 2018
Instrumental Lives is an account of instrument making at the cutting edge of contemporary science and technology in a modern Indian scientific laboratory. For a period of roughly two-and-half decades, starting the late 1980s, a research group headed by CV Dharmadhikari in the physics department at ...