Everyday Life in South Asia, Second Edition

Indiana University Press. For the second edition of this popular textbook, readings have been updated and new essays added. The result is a timely collection that explores key themes in understanding the region, nationalism, caste, including gender, religion, globalization, class, economic liberalization, and emerging modernities.

. Clear and engaged writing makes this text particularly valuable for general and student readers, while the range of new and classic scholarship provides a useful resource for specialists. New readings focus attention on the experiences of the middle classes, and IT professionals, migrant workers, and on media, consumerism, and youth culture.

This anthology provides a lively and stimulating view of the lives of ordinary citizens in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

How May I Help You?

Every day he confronts unfamiliar American mores, from strange idioms to deeply entrenched racism. Armed with an mba from india, Singh can get only a minimum-wage job in an electronics store. In this moving and insightful work, Deepak Singh chronicles his downward mobility as an immigrant to a small town in Virginia.

University of California Press. How may i help you? is an incisive take on life in the United States and a reminder that the stories of low-wage employees can bring candor and humanity to debates about work, race, and immigration. Telling stories through the unique lens of an initially credulous outsider who is “fresh off the plane, a young African-American woman diligently attending school after work; and Cindy, ” Singh learns about the struggles of his colleagues: Ron, a middle-aged African-American man trying to keep his life intact despite health concerns; Jackie, whose matter-of-fact attitude helps Deepak adapt to his job and his new life.


Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan

It is grounded in the thought of muhammad Iqbal 1877–1938, the poet, philosopher, and politician considered the spiritual founder of Pakistan. University of California Press. For the individual, this aspirational tendency manifests in a continual striving to be a better Muslim. In muslim becoming, naveeda Khan challenges the claim that Pakistan's relation to Islam is fragmented and problematic.

At the same time, she emphasizes the streak of skepticism toward the practices of others that accompanies aspiration. Khan finds that iqbal provided the philosophical basis for recasting Islam as an open religion with possible futures as yet unrealized, which he did in part through his engagement with the French philosopher Henri Bergson.

She asks us to consider what is involved in affirming aspiration while acknowledging its capacity for violence. Offering a radically different interpretation, Khan contends that Pakistan inherited an aspirational, always-becoming Islam, one with an open future and a tendency toward experimentation. Drawing on ethnographic research in the neighborhoods and mosques of Lahore and on readings of theological polemics, Khan points to striving throughout Pakistani society: in prayers and theological debates and in the building of mosques, readings of the Qur'an, legal history, and Urdu literature, and the undertaking of religious pilgrimages.

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Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology

Used book in Good Condition. Designed for courses that make extensive use of ethnographies and other supplementary readings, this is a concise introduction to the basic ideas and practices of contemporary cultural anthropology. Not a standard textbook, sixth edition, Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology, is more of an annotated bibliography of the terms and concepts that anthropologists use in their work.

The book prepares students to read ethnographies more effectively and with greater understanding. University of California Press.

Capital: The Eruption of Delhi

University of California Press. Winner of the 2017 ryszard kapuściński award for literary reportage**    **short-listed for the orwell prize and for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize**An extraordinary portrait of the fastest-growing city in the world—and the rise of a new global eliteSince the opening up of India’s economy in 1991, wealth has poured into the country, and especially into Delhi.

Capital bears witness to the astonishing metamorphosis of India’s capital city, charting its emergence from a rural backwater to the center of India’s new elites. Used book in Good Condition. In a series of extraordinary meetings with a wide swath of the population—from Delhi’s forgotten poor to its rich tech entrepreneurs— Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner Rana Dasgupta presents an intimate portrait of the people living, and striving for more in this tumultuous city of extremes, suffering, as well as an uncanny glimpse of our shared global future.

No other place on earth better embodies the breakneck, radically disruptive nature of the global economy’s growth over the past twenty years.

Unsettling India: Affect, Temporality, Transnationality

In unsettling india, purnima mankekar offers a new understanding of the affective and temporal dimensions of how India and “Indianness, ” as objects of knowledge production and mediation, circulate through transnational public cultures. Based on over a decade of ethnographic fieldwork in new Delhi and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mankekar tracks the sense of unsettlement experienced by her informants in both places, disrupting binary conceptions of homeland and diaspora, and the national and transnational.

University of California Press. She examines bollywood films, advertisements, hindi tv shows, and such commodities as Indian groceries as interconnected nodes in the circulation of transnational public cultures that continually reconfigure affective connections to India and what it means to be Indian, both within the country and outside.

Used book in Good Condition. Drawing on media and cultural studies, feminist anthropology, and Asian/Asian American studies, this book deploys unsettlement as an analytic to trace modes of belonging and not-belonging.

Religions of South Asia: An Introduction

University of California Press. Routledge. This textbook introduces the contemporary religions of South Asia, Buddhist and Sikh traditions, from the indigenous religions such as the Hindu, Jain, to incoming influences such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Written by leading experts, religions of South Asia combines solid scholarship with clear and lively writing to provide students with an accessible and comprehensive introduction.

Used book in Good Condition. All chapters are specially designed to aid cross-religious comparison, following a standard format covering set topics and issues; the book reveals to students the core principles of each faith, compares it to neighbouring traditions, and its particular place in South Asian history and society.

It is a perfect resource for all students of South Asia's diverse and fascinating faiths. In ten chapters, practices, it surveys the nine leading belief systems of South Asia and explains their history, values and worldviews. It is also one of the most dynamic and historically rich regions on earth, where changing political and social structures have caused religions to interact and hybridise in unique ways.

A final chapter helps students relate what they have learnt to religious theory, paving the way for future study. South asia is home to many of the world's most vibrant religious faiths.

The Peoples of Southeast Asia Today: Ethnography, Ethnology, and Change in a Complex Region

Routledge. It then turns to classic anthropological topics of interest including modes of adaptation, and religion, ways of life, all illustrated with relevant, current case studies. Used book in Good Condition. Students will find well-supported discussions of subjects ranging from the development of agriculture and language dispersals, to disputed interpretations of Thai Buddhism and Javanese Islam, to fantasy and reality in hunter-gatherer studies, resettle and assimilate indigenous populations, create proper citizens, to ongoing government efforts to manage religion, end shifting cultivation and promote modernization.

University of California Press. The peoples of southeast asia today offers an anthropological treatment of the ethnography and ethnology of Southeast Asia, covering both the mainland and the insular regions. Based on the proposition that southeast asia is a true culture area, prehistory and history, languages, the book offers background information on geography, with a particular emphasis on the role of colonialism and the development of ethnic pluralism.


India and South Asia: A Short History

Oneworld Publications. Used book in Good Condition. Combining factual information with a critical approach which probes the nature of culture and identity, this fully updated concise yet authoritative account paints a graphic picture of an area stretching from the Indian Ocean to the Himalayan mountains. With coverage not only of india, but also of nepal, bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Pakistan, this book surveys nearly 5000 years, from the early settlers of prehistory to the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and the Tamil Tiger conflicts.

University of California Press. Routledge. Particular emphasis is placed on the last 200 years, while the key theme of shifting regional identities underpins the author's insights in to the social, economic and spiritual past of this fascinating region.

Road Through the Rain Forest: Living Anthropology in Highland Papua New Guinea

Routledge. Like many cultures, adultery, the awa must deal with and find solutions to the problems of human social existence: inevitable and rapid culture change, lying and deceit, sorcery, interpersonal squabbles, and unexpected death. University of California Press. This is a personal narrative that provides an intimate glimpse of the actual conduct of fieldwork among diverse individuals with remarkably distinct views of their own culture.

Used book in Good Condition. It is an account of intertwined lives--of living anthropology--and a road of hope and promise, despair and tragedy. They wait ambivalently for the building of a road that would put them in direct contact with the encroaching world of trade stores, outdoor markets, schools, and the government station.

Used book in Good Condition. Oneworld Publications. In the middle of this walks an anthropologist who learns that fieldwork is first and foremost about understanding lives, both his and theirs. On the remote, steep slopes of the grassland and rain forests of Highland Papua New Guinea, live the Awa, subsisting on root crops and raising domestic pigs.


India: Brief History of a Civilization

India: brief history of a civilization, provides a brief overview of a very long period, Second Edition, allowing students to acquire a mental map of the entire history of Indian civilization in a short book. Used book in Good Condition. University of California Press. Most comprehensive histories devote a few chapters to the early history of India and an increasing number of pages to the more recent period, giving an impression that early history is mere background and that Indian civilization finds its fulfillment in the nation-state.

Oneworld Publications. Used book in Good Condition. Trautmann believes that the deep past lives on and is a valuable resource for understanding the present day and for creating a viable future. Routledge. The result is a book that is short enough to read in a few sittings, but comprehensive in coverage--5, 000 years of India in brief.

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