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Routledge South Asian History and Culture Series


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This books series offers a forum that will provide an integrated perspective on the field at large. It 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. Such an approach is critical to any expanding field of study, for the development of more informed and broader perspectives, and of more overarching theoretical conceptions.

The idea is to try to achieve a truly multidisciplinary forum for the study of South Asia under the aegis of which the established disciplines (e.g. history, politics, gender studies) and more recent fields (e.g. sport studies, sexuality studies) will enmesh with each other. A focus is also to make available to a broader readership new research on film, media, photography, medicine and the environment, which have to date remained more specialized fields of South Asian studies.

A significant concern for series is to focus across the whole of the region known as South Asia, and not simply on India, as most ‘South Asia' forums inevitably tend to do. The series is most conscious of this gap in South Asian studies and works to bring into focus more scholarship on and from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and other parts of South Asia.

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Mind, Soul and Consciousness: Religion, Science and the Psy-Disciplines in Modern South Asia (With a Foreword by J.N. Mohanty)

Mind, Soul and Consciousness: Religion, Science and the Psy-Disciplines in Modern South Asia (With a Foreword by J.N. Mohanty)

1st Edition

Soumen Mukherjee, Christopher Harding
March 19, 2019

This comprehensive volume explores histories and modern reworkings of the ideas of mind, soul and consciousness in South Asia. It focuses on the burgeoning ‘psy-disciplines’ – psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy – and their links with religion, science, philosophy, and modern notions of the...

South Asian Folklore in Transition: Crafting New Horizons

South Asian Folklore in Transition: Crafting New Horizons

1st Edition

Frank J. Korom, Leah K. Lowthorp
November 06, 2018

The Indian Subcontinent has been at the centre of folklore inquiry since the 19th century, yet, while much attention was paid to India by early scholars, folkloristic interest in the region waned over time until it virtually disappeared from the research agendas of scholars working in the...

Scholar Intellectuals in Early Modern India: Discipline, Sect, Lineage and Community

Scholar Intellectuals in Early Modern India: Discipline, Sect, Lineage and Community

1st Edition

Rosalind O'Hanlon, Christopher Minkowski, Anand Venkatkrishnan
April 16, 2017

In recent years, scholars from a wide range of disciplines have examined the revival in intellectual and literary cultures that took place during India’s ‘early modern’ centuries. This was both a revival as well as a period of intense disputation and critical engagement. It took in the relationship...

Gender and Masculinities: Histories, Texts and Practices in India and Sri Lanka

Gender and Masculinities: Histories, Texts and Practices in India and Sri Lanka

1st Edition

Assa Doron, Alex Broom
July 23, 2015

Gender persists as a key site of social inequality globally, and within contemporary south Asian contexts, the cultural practices which make up ‘masculinities’ remain vital for understanding everyday life and social relations. Yet masculinities, and their discontents, are an understudied and often...

Minority Nationalisms in South Asia

Minority Nationalisms in South Asia

1st Edition

Tanweer Fazal
April 27, 2015

South Asia is the theatre of myriad experimentations with nationalisms of various kinds - religious, linguistic, religio-linguistic, composite, plural and exclusivist. In all the region’s major states, officially promulgated nationalism at various times has been fiercely contested by minority...

Religious Cultures in Early Modern India: New Perspectives

Religious Cultures in Early Modern India: New Perspectives

1st Edition

Rosalind O'Hanlon, David Washbrook
June 23, 2014

Religious authority and political power have existed in complex relationships throughout India’s history. The centuries of the ‘early modern’ in South Asia saw particularly dynamic developments in this relationship. Regional as well as imperial states of the period expanded their religious...

Television at Large in South Asia

Television at Large in South Asia

1st Edition

Aswin Punathambekar, Shanti Kumar
April 24, 2014

This book explores the empirical and theoretical significance of understanding television as a dynamic technology, a creative industry, and a vibrant cultural form that is "at large" in South Asia. Bringing together prominent scholars who have shaped television studies in South Asia, as well as...

South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century

South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Babli Sinha
April 24, 2014

South Asian Transnationalisms explores encounters in twentieth century South Asia beyond the conventional categories of center and periphery, colonizer and colonized. Considering the cultural and political exchanges between artists and intellectuals of South Asia with counterparts in the United...

Health, Culture and Religion in South Asia: Critical Perspectives

Health, Culture and Religion in South Asia: Critical Perspectives

1st Edition

Assa Doron, Alex Broom
May 31, 2013

Health, Culture and Religion in South Asia brings together top international scholars from a range of social science disciplines to critically explore the interplay of local cultural and religious practices in the delivery and experiences of health in South Asia. This groundbreaking text provides...

Gujarat Beyond Gandhi: Identity, Society and Conflict

Gujarat Beyond Gandhi: Identity, Society and Conflict

1st Edition

Nalin Mehta, Mona G. Mehta
December 07, 2012

The birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and the land that produced Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, Gujarat has been at the centre-stage of South Asia’s political iconography for more than a century. As Gujarat, created as a separate state in 1960, celebrates its golden jubilee this...

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