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Routledge/Edinburgh South Asian Studies Series


About the Series

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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Development and Public Health in the Himalaya Reflections on healing in contemporary Nepal

Development and Public Health in the Himalaya: Reflections on healing in contemporary Nepal

1st Edition

Ian Harper
May 25, 2017

Engaging with a range of public health issues, this book charts important social and political transitions in Nepal through the lens of medicine and health development. It focuses on mission health care institutions, tuberculosis control programmes as a site of medical intervention, the "...

Princely India Re-imagined A Historical Anthropology of Mysore from 1799 to the present

Princely India Re-imagined: A Historical Anthropology of Mysore from 1799 to the present

1st Edition

Aya Ikegame
May 18, 2017

India’s Princely States covered nearly 40 per cent of the Indian subcontinent at the time of Indian independence, and they collapsed after the departure of the British. This book provides a chronological analysis of the Princely State in colonial times and its post-colonial legacies. Focusing on ...

Activism and Agency in India Nurturing Resistance in the Tea Plantations

Activism and Agency in India: Nurturing Resistance in the Tea Plantations

1st Edition

Supurna Banerjee
May 04, 2017

During the period 2000 to 2010, tea plantations in India experienced a crisis and were at the threshold of transformation, framed by conflict and turbulence. This book is an interdisciplinary and intersectional work examining the nature of victimhood and agency among women workers on tea ...

Empire, Nationalism and the Postcolonial World Rabindranath Tagore's Writings on History, Politics and Society

Empire, Nationalism and the Postcolonial World: Rabindranath Tagore's Writings on History, Politics and Society

1st Edition

Michael Collins
October 12, 2015

By presenting a new interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore’s English language writings, this book places the work of India’s greatest Nobel Prize winner and cultural icon in the context of imperial history and thereby bridges the gap between Tagore studies and imperial/postcolonial historiography. ...

Empire, Industry and Class The Imperial Nexus of Jute, 1840-1940

Empire, Industry and Class: The Imperial Nexus of Jute, 1840-1940

1st Edition

Anthony Cox
July 18, 2015

Presenting a new approach towards the social history of working classes in the imperial context, this book looks at the formation of working classes in Scotland and Bengal. It analyses the trajectory of labour market formation, labour supervision, cultures of labour and class formation between two ...

Sovereignty and Social Reform in India British Colonialism and the Campaign against Sati, 1830-1860

Sovereignty and Social Reform in India: British Colonialism and the Campaign against Sati, 1830-1860

1st Edition

Andrea Major
May 22, 2015

The British prohibition of sati (the funeral practice of widow immolation) in 1829 has been considered an archetypal example of colonial social reform. It was not the end of the story, however, as between 1830 and 1860, British East India Company officials engaged in a debate with the Indian rulers...

The Guru in South Asia New Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The Guru in South Asia: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives

1st Edition

Jacob Copeman, Aya Ikegame
February 27, 2014

This book provides a set of fresh and compelling interdisciplinary approaches to the enduring phenomenon of the guru in South Asia. Moving across different gurus and kinds of gurus, and between past and present, the chapters call attention to the extraordinary scope and richness of the social lives...

Savagery and Colonialism in the Indian Ocean Power, Pleasure and the Andaman Islanders

Savagery and Colonialism in the Indian Ocean: Power, Pleasure and the Andaman Islanders

1st Edition

Satadru Sen
April 16, 2012

This book examines the social, political and ideological dimensions of the encounter between the indigenous inhabitants of the Andaman islands, British colonizers and Indian settlers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The British-Indian penal settlements in the Andaman Islands – beginning ...

Gender and Sexuality in India Selling Sex in Chennai

Gender and Sexuality in India: Selling Sex in Chennai

1st Edition

Salla Sariola
February 21, 2012

India has one of the highest numbers of HIV carriers in the world. HIV has remained associated with sex work, and large sums of money provided to fund public health interventions have come from global institutions such as UNAIDS, the World Bank and USAID. In the midst of these processes, however, ...

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