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The Marginal Nation: Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal

By Ranabir Samaddar

Sage Publications, 1999. Hardcover. New. Throughout South Asia, questions of ‘illegal immigration’ combined with those of ‘national security’ have acquired politically explosive dimensions in recent years. Despite this, migration studies have remained, by and large, confined to the domails of economics and demography. Dealing with transborder migrations from Bangladesh to West Bengal, The Marginal Nation analyzes these issues within a richer perspective which accommodates the historical, cultural and geographic dimensions along with the economic and demographic. Written in an activist and interventionist mode, this book challenges the validity of the concept of the nation-state in the context of post-colonial South Asia. Ranbir Smaddar demystifies the constructs of ‘borders’ and ‘national territory’ by bringing to the fore the viewpoints of the migrants themselves. He questions the practical value of these terms by showing how the flow of people across the Indo-Bangladesh border is prompted by historical and social affinities, geographical contiguity, and the economic imperative. Pitted against the natural urge for survival, ‘nation’ and ‘border’ are easily marginalized in the minds of the people who then find ‘illegal’ ways to tackle this obstacle in the path of their well-being. The net result is that the very future of transplanted concepts such as ‘nation-state’, ‘national security’ and ‘national borders’ is in doubt in present-day South Asia. Based on hitherto unused data, reports and travels along the borders and to the migrants’ hamlets, this book forcefully challenges the approach which privileges the ‘nation’ above other forms of community. Dr Samaddar argues for a new methodology which will accommodate the logic of historiacal continuity as well as the rights of the people compelled by circumstance to be on the move. The first study of its kind in the subcontinent, the volume will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of political science, sociology, history, human rights, demography and ethnic studies. Printed Pages: 227. NA

$28.13

Women, Security, South Asia: A Clearing in the Thicket
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Women, Security, South Asia: A Clearing in the Thicket

By Farah Faizal & Swarna Rajagopalan (Eds)

Sage Publications, 2005. Hardcover. New. This book explores women`s perspectives on matters of security and related policy, focusing on women in South Asia who are battling society, insecurity and violence in some form. The book makes three important contributions. First, it examines existing theories of security. Secondly, it goes beyond critique and narrative to seek concrete new agendas for empirical research in security studies. Finally, it brings together statistical, ethnographic and survey data. Printed Pages: 216. NA

$28.13

Pro-Poor Growth and Governance in South Asia: Decentralization and Participatory Development
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Pro-Poor Growth and Governance in South Asia: Decentralization and Participatory Development

By Ponna Wignaraja & Susil Sirivardana (Eds)

Sage Publications, 2004. Hardcover. New. This important volume advocates a pro-poor growth strategy where the poor also participate directly as subjects in development. The contributors maintain that a critical element in this process is social mobilization where organizations of the poor work in partnership with a restructured state and a socially responsible private sector. They see a new political space for this in the current attempts at decentralization which are also aimed at developing power to the people. To illustrate these possibilities, the volume presents six case studies from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. Together they show how new social movements and organizations of the poor are converging with efforts to decentralize and to share power at the local level. This volume breaks new ground by investigating in depth the three important agendas of governance, decentralization/devolution, and poverty eradication, and by highlighting how they can be coordinated to fashion a genuinely pro-poor macro—micro development strategy. Printed Pages: 444. NA

$41.07

The Gendered Nation Contemporary Writings from South Asia

By Neluka Silva

Sage Publications, 2004. Hardcover. New. While postcolonial creative writing in English has come of age in South Asia, scholarly examination of this rich body of writing has remained largely confined to the narrow domain of literary criticism. This unusual and well-written book instead foregrounds issues relating to identity, nationalism and gender in contemporary literary writing. To do so, the author has analysed select works which are located within and grapple with four recent periods which have played a significant role in refashioning the nations in the region: the Emergency in India; the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka; the secession of Bangladesh; and Zia-ul-Haq`s regime in Pakistan. In examining the literary representation of these critical junctures, Neluka Silva draws upon key aspects of postcolonial, nationalist and feminist theory, which have influenced both the understanding of the concerned episodes and the literary productions of the authors selected. By providing an implicit comparative frame of reference, the author succeeds in suggesting ways in which certain choices reinforce or subvert established power relations in the fraught arena of nationalist politics in the four South Asian countries. Printed Pages: 260. NA

$30.95

Civil Wars in South Asia: State, Sovereignty and Development
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Civil Wars in South Asia: State, Sovereignty and Development

By Aparna Sundar & Nandini Sundar (Eds)

Sage Publications, 2014. Hardcover. New. South Asia has become the site of major civil or internal wars, with both domestic and global consequences. The conflict in Kashmir, for example, continues to make headlines, while those in the Northeast and central India simmer, though relatively unnoticed. There appears to be no clear resolution to the civil war and occupation in Afghanistan, even as Nepal and Sri Lanka work out their very different post-war settlements. In Bangladesh, the war of 1971 remains a political fault line, as the events around the War Crimes Tribunal show. This volume demonstrates the importance of South Asia as a region to deepening the study of civil wars and armed conflicts and, simultaneously, illustrates how civil wars open up questions of sovereignty, citizenship and state contours. By engaging these broader theoretical debates, in a field largely dominated by security studies and comparative politics, it contributes to the study of civil wars, political sociology, anthropology and political theory. This volume is one of the few books that is genuinely and equally representative of scholarship across South Asia, contributing not just to the study of civil wars, but also to the study of South Asia as a region. Printed Pages: 288. NA

$31.88

Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia

By Saman Kelegama (Ed.)

Sage Publications, 2011. First edition. Hardcover. New. Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia explores the impact of migration on development in South Asian countries, compiling extensive information on the migration flows and trends, migrant remittances and migration policies. It discusses a number of proposals for effective cooperation on protection of migrant rights and promotion of migration and development linkages. Through a nuanced look at the role of remittances in bringing about development, it takes cognizance of the fact that remittances alone are unlikely to lift people out of poverty; rather, it is their interplay with other economic, social and cultural factors which determines the scale and type of impact that remittances can have on poverty reduction. The book also examines how migration should be brought into the mainstream of development planning where development must be understood as a dynamic process implying growth, advancement, empowerment and progress, with the goal of enlarging the scope of human choices and creating an environment where citizens can live with dignity and equality. Printed Pages: 372. NA

$31.88

Lived Islam in South Asia: Adaptation, Accommodation and Conflict

By Imtiaz Ahmad & Helmut Reifeld (Eds.)

Social Science Press/Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd, 2011. Softcover. New. 14 X 21 cm. Lived Islam in South Asia: Adaptation, Accommodation and Conflict explores the everyday religious lives of Muslims in South Asia. The book argues that Islam cannot be understood through the works of theologians alone, for whom it is a formal, uniform and rigid system of beliefs and practices. Popular Islam, or Islam as it is practised by millions of Muslims in South Asia, has an empirical validity and is a dynamic process of adjustment and accommodation as well as conflict with other religions, with which it coexists. Printed Pages: 334. NA

$12.20

Practical Micro-Finance: A Training Guide for South Asia

By Malcolm Harper

Sage Publications, 2003. Softcover. New. This immensely practical manual is designed to improve the quality and content of micro-finance training programmes, and thereby contribute to the greater availability of affordable, accessible, and mutually profitable financial services to the poor. Malcolm Harper provides step-by-step descriptions for 22 training sessions spread over ten days. He covers all the important topics including sustainability, interest rates, gender issues, delivery methods, impact assessment, and delinquency management. The author includes case studies, quantitative exercises, and suggestions for field visits. Printed Pages: 176. NA

$16.88

Governance in South Asia: State of the Civil Services
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Governance in South Asia: State of the Civil Services

By K S Chalam (Ed.)

Sage Publications, 2014. Hardcover. New. The book for the first time offers a comprehensive and contemporary account of the state of civil services in South Asia countries. It brings together experiences of former senior bureaucrats and critics from India and other SAARC nations to affirm the state of civil service and the need for reforms. While there have been studies describing the character, structure and the progress of the administrative systems in South Asia, there is no comprehensive account on the region’s present bureaucracy. This book attempts to bridge that gap through 15 insightful chapters by experts and experienced bureaucrats. There is a general introduction too by the editor. The chapters have been divided thematically into four parts. The first two parts discuss the present state of civil service in India and possible reforms. The third part offers a comparative account of the functioning of civil service commissions in the SAARC nations. The fourth part has case studies based on on-the-job experience of bureaucrats from SAARC countries that describes how the system functions within the parameters of good governance. Printed Pages: 304. NA

$33.57

Governance, Conflict and Development in South Asia: Perspectives from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka

By Siri Hettige & Eva Gerharz (Eds)

Sage Publications, 2015. Hardcover. New. This volume examines how various forms of governance have emerged in South Asia after colonialism, and the developmental and conflict-related challenges the region faces. Drawing from the contexts of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, it highlights the degree of institutionalization of democracy. The book further points to the manner in which shortcomings in governmental arrangements intersect with the prevalence of conflict at the national as well as sub-national levels. It showcases that democratic and more authoritarian cultures have influenced developmental successes and failures, and reveals how (external) interventions and policy reforms in the name of development have led to diverse outcomes in different South Asian countries. Printed Pages: 300. NA

$37.32

Foreign Aid in South Asia: The Emerging Scenario

By Saman Kelegama (Ed.)

Sage Publications, 2012. Hardcover. New. Foreign Aid in South Asia examines the individual South Asian country experience in dealing with foreign aid. The articles in this book show that the effectiveness of foreign aid as a developmental tool over the last few decades has been mixed, and that the Paris Declaration of 2005 has brought about some improvement in aid ownership, harmonization, mainstreaming, utilization, etc. The book examines how emerging as well as less developed South Asian economies are adapting to these developments in the context of security issues, post-conflict rehabilitation/reconstruction, and so on. The book provides many lessons for designing an international framework for aid or international aid architecture through case studies, highlighting the future policy priorities for that country. For the very first time, focus is laid on Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan-the three least-documented countries in the region-besides discussing about India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Printed Pages: 336. NA

$32.82

Fieldwork in South Asia: Memories, Moments, and Experiences
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Fieldwork in South Asia: Memories, Moments, and Experiences

By Sarit K Chaudhuri & Sucheta Sen Chaudhuri (Eds)

Sage Publications, 2014. Hardcover. New. Fieldwork in South Asia is a valuable attempt to listen and learn from the memories and significant moments of fieldwork done by anthropologists, sociologists, and even historians from South Asia. The essays lead towards a deeper understanding of concerns of fieldwork located in various field sites across South Asia without assuming or applying fixed normative rules for the whole region. In the process, the volume allows the reader to have an option to locate or relocate ethnographic or other forms of texts in the context of growing methodological contours and dilemmas in the social science. Above all, this is a book about relationships—multi-layered relationships among people encountered in the field, the ethnographic relationship itself, with all its personal raw edges, and relationship with the land and even non-human realms Printed Pages: 404. NA

$37.32

Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia
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Making Evaluation Matter: Writings from South Asia

By Katherine Eve Hay & Shubh Kumar-Range (Eds)

Sage Publications, 2014. Hardcover. New. This is a first-of-its-kind collection of writings by evaluation professionals working in South Asia. It analyses and documents the status of, and challenges for, development evaluation in this region. The collection covers three critical dimensions of making evaluation matter in development processes and change in South Asia: context, methods, and use. The chapters draw on a depth of experience from evaluators in several countries in South Asia to explore how the context in South Asia influences the methods that are appropriate for evaluating policies, programs and projects in this context, and the challenges to having evaluation findings used to influence and bring about change. Printed Pages: 312. NA

$31.88

Ethnicity and Nation-building in South Asia (Revised Edition)

By Urmila Phadnis,Rajat Ganguly

Sage Publications, 2001. Softcover. New. `This is probably the only work that deals with the entire spectrum of South Asian ethnicity and its dynamic role in regional politics. A decade and a half later after the first edition was published, the work has become even more relevant because ethnic divisions have become sharper all across the region. This updated second edition is thus welcome` - Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Contemporary South Asia First published in 1989, this widely hailed core text of the dynamics of ethnic identities and movements in the South Asian region is perhaps even more relevant today, as the region faces a resurgence of ethno-nationalist sentiments and the outbreak of new ethnic conflict. Among the features of this thoroughly revised edition are: - it provides a critical appraisal of various theoretical approaches to the study of ethnicity and nation-building - delineates the ethnic composition of the South Asian Region - examines the specific state structures of the countries studied: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives - discusses various ethnic movements in these countries - covers the most recent developments in the region Printed Pages: 468. NA

$21.57

Armed Conflict, Peace Audit and Early Warning 2014: Stability and Instability in South Asia
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Armed Conflict, Peace Audit and Early Warning 2014: Stability and Instability in South Asia

By D. Suba Chandran & P.R. Chari (Eds)

Sage Publications, 2015. Hardcover. New. This volume addresses three major security aspects in South Asia – armed conflicts, peace audit and early warning. The essays span the entire range of armed conflicts, including inter-state and intra-state actors in the region. An innovative attempt is also made to audit the peace processes in conflict-driven environments since certain areas have witnessed an end to armed conflicts. Addressing the gap between the end of violence and the response to peace, it assesses whether peace processes are fragile in South Asia. The volume further highlights early warning of impending armed conflicts permitting the placement of ameliorative measures for dealing with the situation from a law and order perspective. The role of internal and electoral politics is of special significance here. Topical and up-to-date, the essays address peace processes in Nagaland and Manipur, talks with the Taliban, elections in Nepal, ten years of Indo-Pak cease fire, and the common divide in Jammu and Kashmir, among others. Printed Pages: 440. NA

$44.82