South Asian Anthropology


South Asian Anthropology

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Comment by Michael Heneise on October 7, 2009 at 9:23pm
I realize there are hundreds of recognized institutions for cultural research within India; however, could someone list perhaps 5 that might be particularly helpful with regards to research of Northeast India - and more specifically - indigenous communities in the hill areas? I have visited several smaller colleges in Dimapur, Kohima, Jorhat, and Mokokchung; however, most of these institutions lack archival material, material anthropology, and significant literary resources. I know SOAS and Cambridge have a great deal of material. Thanks for your help!
Comment by Sasikumar V.K. on October 7, 2009 at 8:22pm
I am Sasikumar V.K. doing my PhD at Centre for the Study of Social Systems in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. At present, I am working on Money, exchange and Modernity: Metamorphosis of Gift economy in North Malabar, Kerala.
Comment by Michael Heneise on September 19, 2009 at 6:41am
Glad to be on board. I just registered as a PhD student at U of W, Lampeter. I will be engaged in the VERY exciting study of dreams and visions among the Tenyimia of Northeast India.
Comment by ESWARAPPA KASI on September 19, 2009 at 5:10am
I am Dr. Eswarappa Kasi is currently Guest Faculty and taught a course titled ‘Tribes and Other Backward Communities in India’ to Integrated Masters (IMA) Students in the Special Centre for Integrated Studies (SCIS) and Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India during January- May 2009 Semester.
In the coming semester (July-December 2009), I will be teaching a course titled ‘Fieldwork and Research Methods’ to Integrated Masters (IMA) Students in the Special Centre for Integrated Studies (SCIS) and Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India.
PhD Topic: “An Anthropological Study of Livelihoods: A case of Two Sugali Settlements in Ananthapur District of Andhra Pradesh”.
Link to my PhD Thesis:
M.Phil Topic: “Developments and Change due to Sericulture: A Village Study” in Chittoor District. The study analyzes the upliftment of rural Livelihoods (sericulturists) of Kotha Indlu village, as a result of Implementation of Development programmes, as part of M.Phil.

Masters Dissertation: “Life Cycle Rituals among the Koyas of Boddugudem: An Ethnographic Study”. The study is conducted in the village of Boddugudem in ITDA, Bhadrachalam, to find out the role of life cycle rituals and their belief systems in their daily life activities, as part of MA course.
My new book based on my M.Phil Work is being published titled as ‘ANTHROPOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT IN A GLOBALIZED INDIA: AN ETHNOGAPHY OF SERI-CULTURE FROM THE SOUTH’, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Isbn13: 978-1-4438-1345-7, Isbn: 1-4438-1345-1
Book Link:
This book seeks to portray sericulture as a crop enterprise which is emerging as one of the foremost significance for theoretical and methodological understandings in the disciplines of sociology and social anthropology in India. Thus, anthropological analysis of sericulture and its emergence in development literature gives us an idea of the activity leading to further theoretical and critical studies. Anthropological understanding of sericulture and its development, as studied by scholars of different disciplines across the states of India, is therefore thoroughly explained. Sericulture is best suited to a country like India where manpower and land resources are in surplus. It generates direct and indirect employment in various ways. More and more farmers in India have taken up sericulture activity which, once confined to only five states, has now spread to almost all the states of India. Sericulture also creates gainful employment for women and aged people at home with minimum risk. Thus, the analysis clearly establishes the importance of sericulture over other agricultural practices in the generation of fresh employment opportunities in rural areas. Further, it is shown that as a predominant sector of rural development, stability is the vital requirement for sericulture enterprise.

Special Issue Editor- MAN IN INDIA Journal:
2009 Jointly with (Dr. R. Siva Prasad) Special issue Theme on ‘Issues and Perspectives in Anthropology Today’ for the Journal MAN IN INDIA, (Vol. 89, (I &2) 2009). In this anthology, we have taken a specific device to highlight the trends of research in anthropology and through which multifarious human dimensions conditioned by present day circumstances principally in Indian Contexts which have been explored.
Edited Books:
1) Dimensions of Social Exclusion: Ethnographic Explorations, jointly with K.M. Zoyauddin , Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (http://www.c-s- Exclusion--Ethnographic-Explorations1- 4438-1342-7.htm). Isbn13:978-1-4438-1342-6, Isbn: 1-4438-1342-7
2) Ethnographic Discourse of the Other: Conceptual and Methodological Issues, jointly with Panchanan Mohanty, and Ramesh C. Malik , Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (
ISBN: Isbn13: 9781847185839, ISBN: 1-84718-583-5 (Hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-4438-0132-4, ISBN: 1-4438-0132-1 (Paperback)
Edited Books (In Press):
1) Jointly With (Ramesh C. Malik) ‘Theory and Practice of Ethnography: Readings from the Periphery’ Rawat Publications, Jaipur, India.
The book Theory and Practice of Ethnography is an anthology of research papers contributed by illustrious scholars from India and abroad. Theoretical and empirical layout of the Ethnography, Language, Literature, Culture, Rethinking History and Social Development are significantly accentuated in the present book. Ethnography is highly entertained in the search of the concept of the other which is elaborately discussed in the book. The main emphasis of the contributions highlight the deprivation-economic, social, cultural and linguistic among the marginalized groups of Indian society mainly; women, tribal, and the downtrodden. Ethnography is both a process and a product, in this direction, the entire exercise in this volume focuses on applying the different methodological tools of ethnography.

2) ‘Rethinking Developmental Discourse in the 21st Century India’, New Delhi: Serials Publications, 2009.
In order to understand the dynamics of development in the 21st century India, an attempt is made in the book to address the themes which cover the range of theoretical and empirical understandings in the field of interdisciplinary works of scholars drawn from across the disciplines. Thus, it makes a link between field experiences and the classroom debates and discussions. The book also tried to portray the debates of contemporary developmental discourse and how far are they reaching to the common man or the poor in the contemporary Indian Society.
Comment by Piers Locke on September 19, 2009 at 1:11am
A brief introduction- I am a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Wales, Lampeter. I have conducted research on captive elephant management in Chitwan, Nepal. I'm interested in political anthropology, the anthropology of religion and anthrozoology (human-animal relations). I am currently launching a new masters programme in anthrozoology and have recently initiated field research at the Skanda Vale ashram in West Wales where two swamis care for a Sri Lankan elephant named Valli. I am about to teach a new module called Ritual and Belief in South Asia, and have also taken on a new research student who will be conducting ethnographic research with the Teniymia in Nagaland. See:
Comment by Dr Nasir Uddin on September 2, 2009 at 5:45pm
Am based in Chittagong, Bangladesh working in the field of anthropology. I intend to build academic and intellectual collaboration with people across the world because I believe in learining through human conduct. Within the anthropological scholarship and beyond, I have particular interest in Ethnicity in De-territorialized World, Formation of Ethnic Category, Politics of Marginality and Minority Issues, Subaltern Studies, Dialectics of Colonialism and Post-colonialism, Peace and Conflict Studies, Ethnography of South Asia, Regionalism and Area Studies, Contested Notions of Religious and Regional Terrorism, Dynamics of Fundamentalism and Secularism, Interface between Hills and Plains, Upland-lowland Relations in South-Asian Sub-continent particularly in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. Please visit my
Comment by Prokop Istvanek on July 23, 2009 at 9:43am
Finishing preliminary phase of my Phd research of marginality on srilankan tea plantations and lookinng forward to get to the field.. Is there anybody who works in sri lanka or on plantations? ))
Comment by Nithya Sambasivan on July 18, 2009 at 6:33am
Hi everyone, I am a doctoral student at UC Irvine doing research on the role of technologies in socio-economic development. I just wrapped up a project where I did some research on women of urban slums in Bangalore. Looking fwd. to interacting with the group!
Comment by Ganesh Ghimire on July 16, 2009 at 12:35pm
Hi All,
I am an Anthropology graduate from Nepal. I have been involved in some research related to political parties and democratic socialism in south Asia. Meanwhile I am looking at definitions and historical aspect of democratic socialism and its preferences in developing countries. Are there any published literature in the field that would be helpful to me? I would appreciate any suggestions from you.

Comment by Anjan Ghosh on June 12, 2009 at 12:41pm
Am an Indian anthropologist who live and work in Kolkata. My interests lie in informal channels of communication and social conflict, contestations over public space and the patterns of social inequality.
As I have just joined the group look forward to the discussions.

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