This first book in the new Foundations in Global Studies series offers a fresh, comprehensive, multidisciplinary introduction to South Asia. The variations in social, cultural, economic, and political life in this diverse and complex region are explored within the context of the globalising forces affecting all regions of the world.
In a simple strategy that all books in the series employ, the volume begins with foundational material (including chapters on history, language, and, in the case of South Asia, religion), moves to a discussion of globalisation, and then focuses the investigation more specifically through the use of case studies. The cases expose the student to various disciplinary lenses that are important in understanding the region and are meant to bring the region to life through subjects of high interest and significance to today's readers.
Resource boxes, an important feature of the book, are included to maintain currency and add utility. They offer links that point readers to a rich archive of additional material, connections to timely data, reports on recent events, official sites, local and country-based media, visual material, and so forth. A website developed by Syracuse University's South Asia Center will feature additional graphic, narrative, and case study material to complement the book.
Part I: Overview 1. Introducing South Asia, Susan Snow Wadley 2. A Short History of South Asian Studies, Susan Snow Wadley Part II: Fundamentals 3. A Brief History of South Asia, Sandeep Banerjee, with Subho Basu, Stephen Christopher, and Susan Snow Wadley 4. Language in South Asia, Susan Snow Wadley 5. Religion in South Asia, Susan Snow Wadley Part III: The Global Context 6. Globalization in South Asia, Susan Snow Wadley Part IV: Case Studies 7. Introduction to the Case Studies 8. Social Change in Rural India: A Village Study, Susan Snow Wadley 9. Arranging a Marriage in Middle-Class South India, Nicole Wilson 10. Forest Management in Rajasthan: Tribal Groups, NGOs, and the State, Mitual Baruah 11. Khwaja Sira: Transgender Activism and Transnationality in Pakistan, Faris Khan 12. Establishing a Traditional Medicine Industry in Bangladesh, Karen McNamara 13. Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka, Robert Oberst 14. The Federally and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan: The Most Dangerous Places in the World?, Subho Basu and Susan Snow Wadley 15. Sex Trafficking in Nepal, Mary Crawford 16. Likhiya: Painting Women's Lives in Rural North India, Susan Snow Wadley 17. From Hindi Cinema to Bollywood, Tula Goenka 18. Globalizing Bangalore: Urban Transformation in the High-Tech City, Sanjukta Mukherjee