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Sociology of South Asia

Postcolonial Legacies, Global Imaginaries

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Draws on original empirical work while speaking to theoretical questions around politics, labor, and culture

  • Engages seriously with gender, class, and their intersections via a postcolonial and transnational perspective

  • Brings together scholarship on the sociology of South Asia to chart novel theoretical paradigms

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Sociology of South Asia: In Waiting for the Revolution

    • Gowri Vijayakumar, Smitha Radhakrishnan
    Pages 1-33
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 377-382

About this book

This edited volume moves the study of South Asia to the center of sociological analysis, bringing together recent scholarship across sites in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan, as well as in Ethiopia and the USA. This book situates the project of decolonizing the discipline within a rich transnational intellectual legacy and reveals how South Asia offers a uniquely generative site from which to rethink sociological practice. Recognizing local and global influences at their specific sites, the contributing authors highlight the historical ravages of colonialism and imperialism, modernization projects of the postcolonial era, and the kaleidoscopic ways in which gender, caste, class, and sexuality structure everyday life under neoliberalism today. The sociology of South Asia centers the voices and experiences of those marginalized by local and global systems of power in order to produce knowledge that advances interconnected projects of liberation.

Smitha Radhakrishnan is Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College, USA. She is the author of Appropriately Indian: Gender and Culture in a New Transnational Class (2011) and Making Women Pay: Microfinance in Urban India (2022), both from Duke University Press.  

 

Gowri Vijayakumar is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University, USA. She is author of At Risk: Indian Sexual Politics and the Global AIDS Crisis (Stanford University Press, 2021).


Keywords

  • sociological methods
  • ethnography
  • global sociology
  • sociology of development
  • social anthropology
  • South Asian studies
  • empirical studies
  • diaspora
  • caste system
  • Sri Lanka
  • India
  • Pakistan

Reviews

“This feels like the book I have long been waiting for!! Thoughtful, provocative and timely, this much-needed volume opens up new conceptual possibilities both for the study of South Asia and for American Sociology. It provides a nuanced critique of the parochial lens of American Sociology even as it offers powerful examples of how the study of South Asia can profoundly alter our understanding of key sociological concepts of tradition/modernity, class, nationalism and neoliberalism. It also makes evident that the study of colonialism is necessary to understand the contemporary social world, thus leading the way to creating a sociology that is both historically grounded and global in its possibilities.” (Raka Ray, University of California, Berkeley)

“The cutting-edge scholarship in this volume revitalises classic themes in sociology by injecting a fresh post-colonial sensibility into richly grounded research. By critically engaging with disciplinary legacies and going beyond them, it illuminates how keywords like identity, inequality, intersectionality, and agency can be reimagined through a commitment to locally-anchored global subjects.” (Amita Baviskar, Ashoka University (Sonipat)) 

“This call to arms offers readers a powerful rethinking of sociology on South Asian—its questions, theoretical frameworks, answers, and audiences. But Radhakrishnan and Vijayakumar's contributions go much farther. They challenge all sociologists interested in the world—which is everyone of us—to fundamentally rethink what we do. A much needed, provocative reframing of what sociology can and should be.” (Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College and Harvard University)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociology, Wellesley College, Wellesley, USA

    Smitha Radhakrishnan

  • Department of Sociology, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA

    Gowri Vijayakumar

About the editors

Smitha Radhakrishnan is LuElla LaMer Professor of Women’s Studies and Sociology at Wellesley College, USA. She is the author of Appropriately Indian: Gender and Culture in a New Transnational Class (2011) and Making Women Pay: Microfinance in Urban India (2022), both from Duke University Press.  

Gowri Vijayakumar is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University, USA. She is author of At Risk: Indian Sexual Politics and the Global AIDS Crisis (Stanford University Press, 2021) and has published in World DevelopmentQualitative Sociology, Social Problems, and Gender & Society, among other journals. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sociology of South Asia

  • Book Subtitle: Postcolonial Legacies, Global Imaginaries

  • Editors: Smitha Radhakrishnan, Gowri Vijayakumar

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-97030-7

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-97029-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-97030-7

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 382

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Sociological Theory, Political Sociology, Sociology of Work, Biotechnology, Development Studies

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-97030-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)