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Critical Asian Studies

Series Editor: Veena Das

Critical Asian Studies is devoted to in-depth studies of emergent social and cultural phenomena in the countries of the region. While recognizing the important ways in which the specific and often violent histories of the nation-state have influenced the social formations in this region, the hooks in this series also examine the processes of translation, exchange, boundary crossings in the linked identities and histories of the region. The authors in this series engage with social theory through ethnographically grounded research and archival work.

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  1. Speaking with Pictures

    Folk Art and the Narrative Tradition in India

    By Roma Chatterji

    Series: Critical Asian Studies

    Speaking with Pictures is a path-breaking exploration of visual narratives in folk art. Instead of talking of the recovery of narrativity in Indian modernism through the idiom of folk art, as art critics sometimes do, this book foregrounds folk art’s engagement with modernity by re-looking at its...

    Published June 12th 2012 by Routledge India

  2. Enchantments of Modernity

    Empire, Nation, Globalization

    Edited by Saurabh Dube

    Series: Critical Asian Studies

    The notion of modernity hinges on a break with the past, such as superstitions, medieval worlds, and hierarchical traditions. It follows that modernity suggests the disenchantment of the world, yet the processes of modernity also create their own enchantments in the mapping and making of the modern...

    Published August 13th 2010 by Routledge

  3. Beyond Crisis

    Re-evaluating Pakistan

    Edited by Naveeda Khan

    Series: Critical Asian Studies

    Through the essays in this volume, we see how the failure of the state becomes a moment to ruminate on the artificiality of this most modern construct, the failure of nationalism, an opportunity to dream of alternative modes of association, and the failure of sovereignty to consider the threats and...

    Published February 23rd 2010 by Routledge India

  4. Shared Histories of Modernity

    China, India and the Ottoman Empire

    Edited by Huri Islamoglu, Peter C. Perdue

    Series: Critical Asian Studies

    While pre-modernity is often considered to be the 'time' of non-European regions and modernity is seen as belonging to the West, this book seeks to transcend the temporal bifurcation of that world history into 'pre-modern' and 'modern', as well as question its geographical split into two...

    Published March 25th 2009 by Routledge India

  5. Enchantments of Modernity

    Empire, Nation, Globalization

    By Saurabh Dube

    Series: Critical Asian Studies

    The notion of modernity hinges on a break with the past, such as superstitions, medieval worlds, and hierarchical traditions. It follows that modernity suggests the disenchantment of the world, yet the processes of modernity also create their own enchantments in the mapping and making of the modern...

    Published December 31st 2008 by Routledge India

  6. Settlers, Saints and Sovereigns

    An Ethnography of State Formation in Western India

    By Farhana Ibrahim

    Series: Critical Asian Studies

    This book is an anthropological study located along India’s western border with Pakistan. The core arguments are situated within the context of contemporary religious nationalism, communal strife, and border politics in the Indian state of Gujarat. It seeks to understand how, within these contexts,...

    Published December 31st 2008 by Routledge India

  7. The Intimate State

    Love-Marriage and the Law in Delhi

    By Perveez Mody

    Series: Critical Asian Studies

    This book provides an ethnography of love-marriages in the late 1990s in Delhi, identifying the ways in which marriage is ever more a pitch of intense political contestation. It bears upon anthropological understandings of marriageability, urban morality, gender, kinship and the study of the...

    Published October 24th 2008 by Routledge India

  8. Living With Violence

    An Anthropology of Events and Everyday Life

    By Roma Chatterji, Deepak Mehta

    Series: Critical Asian Studies

    This book gives a detailed account of the ‘communal riots’ between Hindus and Muslims in Mumbai in 1992-93. It departs from the historiography of the riot, which assumes that Hindu-Muslim conflict is independent of the participants of the violence. Speaking to and interacting with the residents of...

    Published March 7th 2007 by Routledge India

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