Regional Modernities: The Cultural Politics of Development in India

August 4, 2003|
Regional Modernities: The Cultural Politics of Development in India by K. Sivaramakrishnan
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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.

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.
Title:Regional Modernities: The Cultural Politics of Development in IndiaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:472 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 inShipping dimensions:472 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 inPublished:August 4, 2003Publisher:Stanford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0804744157

ISBN - 13:9780804744157

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