From the Publisher
This collection of essays by leading social scientists focuses
on development in India to explore the emergence of "regional
modernities" in ways that are distinct from a so-called global
modernity and its myriad local variations. "Regional," for the
authors, incorporates the state and other subnational and
supranational social and political formations that are more or less
salient depending on the social networks and development projects
under consideration. In particular, the concept of region allows
the assessment of large-scale ethnic, religious, social, and
geo-political formations as they mediate oversimplified binary
oppositions of colonial or postcolonial power and local
incorporation or resistance.
Individual essays present case studies of development across India,
considering the role of class, caste, gender, and ethnic and
political identities in their interactions with government forces.
They investigate the binding of diverse groups through large
projects such as dam building and offer rich ethnographic accounts
of tree farmers, entrepreneurs, government officials, women in
Gandhian ashrams, slum dwellers, and atomic scientists.
From the Jacket
"This is a well-conceived and well-executed anthropological
collection of essays."-Lakshmi R. Iyer, United States Department of
"This collection sets a very high standard of scholarship in the
social science literature on development and modernity.
Individually and collectively, the essays in this volume will
challenge and provoke scholars engaged in the critique of
development in India and elsewhere."-Journal of Asian Studies
About the Author
K. Sivaramakrishnan is Associate Professor of Anthropology and
International Studies and Director of the South Asia Center at the
University of Washington. Arun Agrawal is Associate Professor of
Political Science at McGill University.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: July 30, 2003
Publisher: Stanford University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0804744157
ISBN - 13: 9780804744157