Pakistan - Social and Cultural Transformations in a Muslim Nation

By Mohammad Qadeer

© 2009 – Routledge

322 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This is the first English-language survey of Pakistan’s socio-economic evolution. Mohammad Qadeer gives an essential overview of social and cultural transformation in Pakistan since independence, which is crucial to understanding Pakistan’s likely future direction.

Pakistan examines how tradition and family life continue to contribute long term stability, and explores the areas where very rapid changes are taking place: large population increase, urbanization, economic development, and the nature of civil society and the state. It offers an insightful view into Pakistan, exploring the wide range of ethnic groups, the countryside, religion and community, and popular culture and national identity. It concludes by discussing the likely future social development in Pakistan, captivating students and academics interested in Pakistan and multiculturalism.

Qadeer’s impressive work is a comprehensive examination of social and cultural forces in Pakistani society, and is an important resource for anyone wanting to understand contemporary Pakistan.

Table of Contents

1. Evolution of Pakistani Society 2. Patterns of Social Change 3. Landscape of Independence 4. Nation and Ethnicity 5. Urban Transformation 6. The Countryside 7. Family, Religion and Community 8. Popular Culture and Pakistani Mind 9. State, Society and Individual 10. Whither Pakistan; Social Development of a Postcolonial Society

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL002000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
POL026000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General