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Exploring the Political in South Asia

Series Editor: Mukulika Banerjee

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.

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  1. Dalits in Neoliberal India

    Mobility or Marginalisation?

    Edited by Clarinda Still

    Series: Exploring the Political in South Asia

    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...

    Published August 7th 2014 by Routledge India

  2. Why India Votes?

    By Mukulika Banerjee

    Series: Exploring the Political in South Asia

    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...

    Published March 13th 2014 by Routledge India

  3. Power and Influence in India

    Bosses, Lords and Captains

    Edited by Pamela Price, Arild Engelsen Ruud

    Series: Exploring the Political in South Asia

    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...

    Published July 27th 2010 by Routledge India

  4. Retro-modern India

    Forging the Low-caste Self

    By Manuela Ciotti

    Series: Exploring the Political in South Asia

    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...

    Published February 22nd 2010 by Routledge India

  5. Broadening and Deepening Democracy

    Political Innovation in Karnataka

    By E Raghavan, James Manor

    Series: Exploring the Political in South Asia

    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...

    Published July 30th 2009 by Routledge

  6. Rise of the Plebeians?

    The Changing Face of the Indian Legislative Assemblies

    Edited by Christophe Jaffrelot, Sanjay Kumar

    Series: Exploring the Political in South Asia

    For decades, India has been a conservative democracy governed by the upper caste notables coming from the urban bourgeoisie, the landowning aristocracy and the intelligentsia. The democratisation of the ‘world’s largest democracy’ started with the rise of peasants’ parties and the politicisation of...

    Published March 8th 2009 by Routledge India

  7. The Vernacularisation of Democracy

    Politics, Caste and Religion in India

    By Lucia Michelutti

    Series: Exploring the Political in South Asia

    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...

    Published October 23rd 2008 by Routledge India

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Forthcoming Books

  1. Politics, Landlords and Islam in Pakistan
    By Nicolas Martin
    To Be Published October 29th 2014

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