Asian Studies: Book Series

Exploring the Political in South Asia

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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.

  • Politics, Landlords and Islam in Pakistan

    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

    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 – 2017-11-08 
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

  • Criminal Capital

    Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India

    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…

    Hardback – 2016-04-20
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

  • Power and Influence in India

    Bosses, Lords and Captains

    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?

    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?

    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

    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 – 2010-02-23
    Routledge India
    Exploring the Political in South Asia

  • Broadening and Deepening Democracy

    Political Innovation in Karnataka

    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

    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