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South Asian History and Culture

Series Editor: David Washbrook, Boria Majumdar, Sharmistha Gooptu, Nalin Mehta

This series brings together research on South Asia in the humanities and social sciences, and provides scholars with a platform covering, but not restricted to, their particular fields of interest and specialization.  

A significant concern for the series is to focus across the whole of the region known as South Asia, and not simply on India, as is often the case. We are most conscious of this gap in South Asian studies and work to bring into focus more scholarship on and from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and other parts of South Asia. At the same time, there will be a conscious attempt to publish regional studies, which will open up new aspects of scholarly inquiry going into the future.

This series will consciously initiate synergy between research from within academia and that from outside the formal academy. A focus will be to bring into the mainstream more recently developed disciplines in South Asian studies which have till date remained in the nature of specialized fields: for instance, research on film, media, photography, sport, medicine, environment, to mention a few. The series will address this gap and generate more comprehensive knowledge fields.

New and Published Books

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  1. Indian Sisters

    A History of Nursing and the State, 1907–2007

    By Madelaine Healey

    Series: South Asian History and Culture

    Health and medicine cannot be understood without considering the role of nurses, both as professionals and as working women. In India, unlike other countries, nurses have suffered an exceptional degree of neglect at the hands of state, a situation that has been detrimental to the quality of both...

    Published October 17th 2013 by Routledge India

  2. India’s Foreign Relations, 1947–2007

    By Jayanta Kumar Ray

    Series: South Asian History and Culture

    The book examines the lapses in leadership which led to certain crucial problems in foreign policy at the time of India's independence in 1947, unresolved even in the first decade of the 21st century. It argues that Indian leaders, opting for Partition in 1947, perpetuated and...

    Published September 9th 2013 by Routledge India

  3. Land, Water, Language and Politics in Andhra

    Regional Evolution in India Since 1850

    By Brian Stoddart

    Series: South Asian History and Culture

    This book explains how access to and use of land, water and language helped shape Andhra politics in India from 1850 down to the present day. After independence, the debate over land reform and policies on irrigation has shaped the fortunes of various governments, while the debate over the make-up...

    Published February 13th 2012 by Routledge India

  4. Escaping the World

    Women Renouncers among Jains

    By Manisha Sethi

    Series: South Asian History and Culture

    The book attends to a historical question — how to account for the high numbers of renouncers (sadhvis) mentioned in medieval and ancient texts — which has been acknowledged and raised, but left unaddressed within Jain studies. It does so through ethnographic data gathered through extensive...

    Published December 2nd 2011 by Routledge India

  5. Scoring Off the Field

    Football Culture in Bengal, 1911–80

    By Kausik Bandyopadhyay

    Series: South Asian History and Culture

    This book examines how football, as a mass spectator sport, came to represent a novel, unique cultural identity of Bengali people in terms of nation, community, region/locality and club, contributing to the continuity of everyday socio-cultural life. It explains how football became a viable popular...

    Published October 19th 2011 by Routledge India

  6. `How Best Do We Survive?’

    A Modern Political History of the Tamil Muslims

    By Kenneth McPherson

    Series: South Asian History and Culture

    This book traces the social and political history of the Muslims of south India from the later nineteenth century to Independence in 1947, and the contours that followed. It describes a community in search of political survival amidst an ever-changing climate, and the fluctuating fortunes it had in...

    Published June 2nd 2010 by Routledge India

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Forthcoming Books

  1. Mapping South Asian Masculinities: Men and Political Crises
    Edited by Chandrima Chakraborty
    To Be Published March 19th 2015
  2. Culture and Power in South Asian Islam: Defying the Perpetual Exception
    Edited by Neilesh Bose
    To Be Published March 24th 2015

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