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Routledge Handbook of Contemporary India

Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  August  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415738651
eBook ISBN: 9781315682570
Adobe ISBN: 9781317403586

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India is the second largest country in the world with regard to population, the world’s largest democracy and by far the largest country in South Asia, and one of the most diverse and pluralistic nations in the world in terms of official languages, cultures, religions and social identities. Indians have for centuries exchanged ideas with other cultures globally and some traditions have been transformed in those transnational and transcultural encounters and become successful innovations with an extraordinary global popularity. India is an emerging global power in terms of economy, but in spite of India’s impressive economic growth over the last decades, some of the most serious problems of Indian society such as poverty, repression of women, inequality both in terms of living conditions and of opportunities such as access to education, employment, and the economic resources of the state persist and do not seem to go away.

This Handbook contains chapters by the field’s foremost scholars dealing with fundamental issues in India’s current cultural and social transformation and concentrates on India as it emerged after the economic reforms and the new economic policy of the 1980s and 1990s and as it develops in the twenty-first century.

Following an introduction by the editor, the book is divided into five parts:

Part I: Foundation

Part II: India and the world

Part III: Society, class, caste and gender

Part IV: Religion and diversity

Part V: Cultural change and innovations

Exploring the cultural changes and innovations relating a number of contexts in contemporary India, this Handbook is essential reading for students and scholars interested in Indian and South Asian culture, politics and society.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Contemporary India Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Dreams, memories and legacies Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Symbiosis and resilience Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Foundations for a sustainable growth Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Economic foundation of India Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Equity, quantity and quality Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Agriculture and the development burden Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Politics, security and foreign policy Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Is India a South Asian or an Asian power? Download PDF
Chapter  10:  India’s role as an international development actor Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Dispersals, migrations, diversity of communities and the notion of an Indian diaspora Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Yoga and physical culture Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Modernised Ayurveda in India and the West Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The politics of economic reforms in India Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Divided we stand Download PDF
Chapter  16:  India’s middle classes in contemporary India Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Caste: why does it still matter? Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Corruption and anti-corruption in modern India Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Regional perspective Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Intimate spaces of struggle Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Adivasis and contemporary India Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Myth as history and history as myth Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Matters that matter Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Hindu pilgrimage sites and travel Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Ambedkar’s life and his Navayana Buddhism Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Religion, identity and empowerment Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Muslims in contemporary India Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Religious violence, crime statistics and India’s Muslim minority Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Christians in India Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Combative constructions of femininity in the late twentieth-century narratives of India Download PDF
Chapter  31:  The new Indian male Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Changing food habits in contemporary India Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Coping with the diseases of modernity Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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