Asian Research

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Editorial Inquiries
  1. Dorothea Schaefter (on leave)
    Senior Editor, Central, South and Southeast Asia
    Jillian Morrison, Acting Associate Editor

  2. Stephanie Rogers
    Publisher, East Asia

  3. Peter Sowden
    Editor, Asia

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Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

  1. Reshaping City Governance

    London, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad

    By Nirmala Rao

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    It is well recognised that while India is a rising power, poised to emerge into the front rank of global economies, the pace and scale of India’s urbanisation calls for more effective metropolitan management if that growth is not to be constrained by gathering urban crisis. Three of the greatest...

    To Be Published December 30th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Post-9/11 Espionage Fiction in the US and Pakistan

    Spies and "Terrorists"

    By Cara N. Cilano

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    As the events of 11 September 2001 and their aftermath influence new developments in spy fiction as a popular genre, an examination of these literary narratives concerned with espionage and terrorism can reshape our approach to non-fictive representations of the same concerns. Post-9/11 Espionage...

    To Be Published May 7th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Islamic Banking in Pakistan

    By Feisal Khan

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Pakistan was one of the pioneers of Islamic Banking and Finance (IBF) as it converted to an interest-free banking system in 1985. This book critically analyzes the experience of Pakistan with IBF. Drawing on first-hand experience of the Pakistani banking environment and practices, the...

    Published January 31st 2014 by Routledge

  4. The Bengal Diaspora

    Muslim Migrants in Britain, India and Bangladesh

    By Claire Alexander, Joya Chatterji, Annu Jalais

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Recent decades have witnessed the growth of a new interest, both scholarly and political, in migration and diaspora. This book focuses on three groups of Muslim Bengali migrants. One group had migrated across international borders after partition and settled in Britain; the second had crossed...

    Published February 28th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Being Bengali

    At Home and in the World

    Edited by Mridula Nath Chakraborty

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Bengal has long been one of the key centres of civilisation and culture in the Indian subcontinent. However, Bengali identity – "Bengaliness" – is complicated by its long history of evolution, the fact that Bengal is now divided between India and Bangladesh, and by virtue of a very large...

    Published March 25th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Transitional Justice in South Asia

    A Study of Afghanistan and Nepal

    By Tazreena Sajjad

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Offering a comparative case study of transitional justice processes in Afghanistan and Nepal, this book critically evaluates the way the "local" is consulted in post-conflict efforts toward peace and reconciliation. It argues that there is a tendency in transitional justice efforts to contain the...

    Published April 17th 2013 by Routledge

  7. From Civil War to Soft Authoritarianism

    Ethnonationalism and Democratic Regression in Sri Lanka

    By Neil DeVotta

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    This book shows how Sri Lanka’s civil war gradually undermined liberal democracy and caused the country to regress toward the current soft authoritarian dispensation. In doing so, it introduces the concept of 'ethnic supererogation,' a governing system built around the notion that a majority ethnic...

    Published February 28th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Contemporary Pakistani Fiction in English

    Idea, Nation, State

    By Cara N. Cilano

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Looking at a wide selection of Pakistani novels in English, this book explores how literary texts imaginatively probe the past, convey the present, and project a future in terms that facilitate a sense of collective belonging. The novels discussed cover a range of historical movements and...

    Published March 20th 2013 by Routledge

  9. Architecture and Nationalism in Sri Lanka

    The Trouser Under the Cloth

    By Anoma Pieris

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    The role of the home, the domestic sphere and the intimate, ethno-cultural identities that are cultivated within it, are critical to understanding the polemical constructions of country and city; tradition and modernity; and regionalism and cosmopolitanism. The home is fundamental to ideas of the...

    Published November 25th 2012 by Routledge

  10. Politics of Development in Pakistan

    Living Village

    By Haider Nizamani

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Pakistan, sixth most populous country in the world, has not gone through systematic and effective land or agrarian reforms in sixty-three years of its existence. Almost 67 per cent of its 167 million inhabitants still live in rural areas and directly or indirectly rely on agriculture for their...

    To Be Published November 14th 2014 by Routledge

  11. Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity

    In Search of the Modern?

    By Zakir Hossain Raju

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    This book analyses the relationship between cinema and modernity in Bangladesh. It investigates the roles of a non-western ‘national’ film industry in Asia in constructing nationhood and identity within colonial and postcolonial predicaments. The political and economic forces and the cultural...

    To Be Published October 30th 2014 by Routledge

  12. Regional Economic Integration in South Asia

    Trapped in Conflict?

    By Amita Batra

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    South Asia today is among the most unstable regions in the world, riddled by both intra- and inter-state conflict. This book presents a comprehensive technical analysis of the trade–conflict relationship within the region, and explores how South Asia demonstrates underperformance of its potential...

    Published December 5th 2012 by Routledge

  13. Nation, Constitutionalism and Buddhism in Sri Lanka

    By Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Nation, Constitutionalism and Buddhism in Sri Lanka offers a new perspective on contemporary debates about Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism in Sri Lanka. In this book de Silva Wijeyeratne argues forcefully that ‘Sinhalese Buddhism’ in the period prior to its engagement with the British colonial State...

    Published July 31st 2013 by Routledge

  14. Renewable Energy Policies in South Asia

    Making Solar Lighting Work

    By Sam Wong

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    The World Bank’s ‘Design Principles’ for successful renewable energy interventions are cost management, good governance and a choice of technology that meets local needs. Focusing on solar lighting and drawing on case studies in Bangladesh and India, this book problematicises the underpinning...

    To Be Published September 30th 2014 by Routledge

  15. Bollywood and Globalization

    The Global Power of Popular Hindi Cinema

    Edited by David J. Schaefer, Kavita Karan

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    The field of Bollywood studies has remained predominantly critical, theoretical and historical in focus. This book brings together qualitative and quantitative approaches to tackle empirical questions focusing on the relationship between soft power, hybridity, cinematic texts, and audiences....

    Published October 28th 2012 by Routledge

  16. Writing the City in British Asian Diasporas

    Edited by Sean McLoughlin, William Gould, Ananya Jahanara Kabir, Emma Tomalin

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    In 1962, the Commonwealth Immigrants Act hastened the process of South Asian migration to postcolonial Britain. Half a decade later, now is an opportune moment to revisit the accumulated writing about the diasporas formed through subsequent settlement, and to probe the ways in which the South Asian...

    To Be Published June 18th 2014 by Routledge

  17. Ritual and Recovery in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka

    By Jane Derges

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Following over twenty years of war, Sri Lanka’s longest cease-fire (2002-2006) provided a final opportunity for an inclusive peace settlement between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). However, hostilities resumed with ever increasing desperation and ferocity...

    Published September 5th 2012 by Routledge

  18. Everyday Ethnicity in Sri Lanka

    Up-country Tamil Identity Politics

    By Daniel Bass

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Focusing on notions of diaspora, identity and agency, this book examines ethnicity in war-torn Sri Lanka. It highlights the historical development and negotiation of a new identification of Up-country Tamil amidst Sri Lanka’s violent ethnic politics. Over the past thirty years, Up-country (Indian...

    Published July 31st 2012 by Routledge

  19. Religious Freedom in India

    Sovereignty and (Anti) Conversion

    By Goldie Osuri

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Drawing on the critical and theoretical concepts of sovereignty, biopolitics, and necropolitics, this book examines how a normative liberal and secular understanding of India’s religious identity is translatable by Hindu nationalists into discrimination and violence against minoritized religious...

    Published August 30th 2012 by Routledge

  20. The Economics of Urban Migration in India

    By Vegard Iversen

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Presenting new research on rural-urban migration in developing countries, this book combines novel economic theories with empirics, and focuses on the social dimensions of such movement. Centering on the movement from villages to cities in South Asia, and in India in particular, the book argues the...

    To Be Published November 29th 2014 by Routledge

  21. Islam and Higher Education

    Concepts, Challenges and Opportunities

    By Marodsilton Muborakshoeva

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    This book is the first study to qualitatively explore the concepts of higher education in Muslim contexts. It examines the different concepts of ‘a university’ and the way they shape practice in Muslim contexts, with a particular focus on the Islamic republic of Pakistan. Contributing to...

    Published August 8th 2012 by Routledge

  22. Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nepal

    Identities and Mobilization after 1990

    Edited by Mahendra Lawoti, Susan I. Hangen

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Identity movements, based on ethnicity, caste, language, religion and regional identity, have become increasingly significant in Nepal, reshaping debates on the definition of the nation, nationalism and the structure of the state. This book analyzes the rapid rise in ethnic and nationalist...

    Published August 15th 2012 by Routledge

  23. The Politics of Ethnicity in Pakistan

    The Baloch, Sindhi and Mohajir Ethnic Movements

    By Farhan Hanif Siddiqi

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    In order to understand the Pakistani state and government’s treatment of non-dominant ethnic groups after the failure of the military operation in East Pakistan and the independence of Bangladesh, this book looks at the ethnic movements that were subject to a military operation after 1971: the...

    Published April 25th 2012 by Routledge

  24. Bollywood Travels

    Culture, Diaspora and Border Crossings in Popular Hindi Cinema

    By Rajinder Dudrah

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Using an interdisciplinary framework, this book offers a fresh perspective on the issues of diaspora culture and border crossings in the films, popular cultures, and media and entertainment industries from the popular Hindi cinema of India. It analyses and discusses a range of key contemporary...

    Published April 4th 2012 by Routledge

  25. Nation, Territory, and Globalization in Pakistan

    Traversing the Margins

    By Chad Haines

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    The Karakoram Highway was constructed by the Pakistani state in the 1970s as a major development project that furthered the national interest and solidified state control over the disputed region of northern Pakistan. Focusing on this highway, this book provides a unique analysis of the...

    Published March 6th 2012 by Routledge

  26. Kashmir’s Right to Secede

    A Critical Examination of Contemporary Theories of Secession

    By Matthew J. Webb

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    A separatist conflict has been ongoing in India-administered Kashmir since 1989. Focusing on this region, this book critiques the existing normative theories of secession, and offers a comprehensive examination of the right of sub-groups to secede. The book looks at the different accounts of the...

    Published February 15th 2012 by Routledge

  27. South Asian Security

    21st Century Discourses

    Edited by Sagarika Dutt, Alok Bansal

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    The South Asian security complex refers to security interdependencies between the states in the region, and also includes the effect that powerful external actors, such as China, the US and Russia, and geopolitical interests have on regional dynamics. This book focuses on the national securities of...

    Published December 12th 2011 by Routledge

  28. Being Middle-class in India

    A Way of Life

    Edited by Henrike Donner

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Hailed as the beneficiary, driving force and result of globalisation, India’s middle-class is puzzling in its diversity, as a multitude of traditions, social formations and political constellations manifest contribute to this project. This book looks at Indian middle-class lifestyles through a...

    Published November 29th 2011 by Routledge

  29. Non-discrimination and Equality in India

    Contesting Boundaries of Social Justice

    By Vidhu Verma

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Social Justice is a concept familiar to most Indians but one whose meaning is not always understood as it signifies a variety of government strategies designed to enhance opportunities for underprivileged groups. By tracing the trajectory of social justice from the colonial period to the present,...

    Published November 16th 2011 by Routledge

  30. Pakistan's Stability Paradox

    Domestic, Regional and International Dimensions

    Edited by Ashutosh Misra, Michael E. Clarke

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Pakistan, with the second largest Muslim population in the world, is a crucial country in the international system. It is an ally of the United States in the global ‘war on terror’ but is also regarded as a major bastion of some of the most active jihadist organisations. This book highlights and...

    Published September 13th 2011 by Routledge

  31. Transforming Urban Water Supplies in India

    The Role of Reform and Partnerships in Globalization

    By Govind Gopakumar

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    The absence of water supply infrastructure is a critical issue that affects the sustainability of cities in the developing world and the quality of life of millions of people living in these cities. Urban India has probably the largest concentration of people in the world lacking safe access to...

    Published September 13th 2011 by Routledge

  32. Education and Inequality in India

    A Classroom View

    By Manabi Majumdar, Jos Mooij

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Universalization of primary education has been high on the policy agenda in India. This book looks at the reproduction of social inequalities within the educational system in India, and how this is contested in different ways. It examines whether the concept of `education for all’ is just a...

    Published August 23rd 2011 by Routledge

  33. The Culturalization of Caste in India

    Identity and Inequality in a Multicultural Age

    By Balmurli Natrajan

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    In India, caste groups ensure their durability in an era of multiculturalism by officially representing caste as cultural difference or ethnicity rather than as unequal descent-based relations. Challenging dominant social theories of caste, this book addresses questions of how caste survives the...

    Published July 19th 2011 by Routledge

  34. Islamic Revival in Nepal

    Religion and a New Nation

    By Megan Adamson Sijapati

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    This book draws on extensive fieldwork among Muslims in Nepal to examine the local and global factors that shape contemporary Muslim identity and the emerging Islamic revival movement based in the Kathmandu valley. Nepal's Muslims are active participants in the larger global movement of Sunni...

    Published June 29th 2011 by Routledge

  35. Corporate Social Responsibility in India

    By Bidyut Chakrabarty

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Presenting an analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India, this book looks at the unique roots of the concept in India. It examines Gandhi’s philosophical moorings that inform India’s approach to CSR, and the role of civil society in setting an agenda for championing the rights of...

    Published June 26th 2011 by Routledge

  36. Development–induced Displacement, Rehabilitation and Resettlement in India

    Current Issues and Challenges

    Edited by Sakarama Somayaji, Smrithi Talwar

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Compulsory land acquisition and involuntary displacement of communities for a larger public purpose captures the tension of development in the modern state, with the need to balance the interests of the majority while protecting the rights of the minority. In India, informal estimates of...

    Published March 27th 2011 by Routledge

  37. The Politics of Belonging in India

    Becoming Adivasi

    Edited by Daniel J. Rycroft, Sangeeta Dasgupta

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Since the 1990s, the Indigenous movement worldwide has become increasingly relevant to research in India, re-shaping the terms of engagement with Adivasi (Indigenous/tribal) peoples and their pasts. This book responds to the growing need for an inter-disciplinary re-assessment of Tribal studies in...

    Published March 23rd 2011 by Routledge

  38. South Asia in the New World Order

    The Role of Regional Cooperation

    By Shahid Javed Burki

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Rapid changes have taken place in the structure of the global economy, and this book looks at how South Asia can take advantage of these changes. The author argues that the developing global economy will be more complex than originally thought, that instead of a bipolar model with two countries,...

    Published March 21st 2011 by Routledge

  39. Explaining Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

    Escaping India

    By Aparna Pande

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    Pakistan has over the decades become a hotbed for the terrorist ideology often referred to as Jihadism. This book investigates the underlying principles of Pakistan’s foreign policy from 1947 until the present day, and explains the rise of Jihadism as an offshoot of Pakistan’s security concerns....

    Published March 8th 2011 by Routledge