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Society and Culture in South Asia
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ISSN (Print) 2393-8617 - ISSN (Online) 2394-9872
Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [1176 journals]
  • Book review: Amiya Kumar Das, Grassroots Democracy and Governance in
           India: Understanding Power, Sociality and Trust

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      Authors: Shofiul Alom Pathan
      Abstract: Society and Culture in South Asia, Ahead of Print.
      Amiya Kumar Das, Grassroots Democracy and Governance in India: Understanding Power, Sociality and Trust (Singapore: Springer Nature, 2022), 178 pp., €109.99, ISBN: 978-981-19-5109-1 (Hardcover).
      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2023-11-21T04:55:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/23938617231208659
       
  • A Ramayana for Our Times: Superheroes, Science Fiction and Myth

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      Authors: Roma Chatterji
      Abstract: Society and Culture in South Asia, Ahead of Print.
      Recent retellings of Indian epics draw upon science fiction. This article discusses an Indian superhero comic based on the Ramayana in which Rama, the central figure in the epic, is portrayed as the superhero Nagraj. The story uses the figure of the avatara (reincarnated one) to align the world of the epics with the contemporary world by incorporating science-fiction elements into their stories. It may seem that these retellings are drawing on strategies within science fiction to update the epics for the present so as to make mythic figures equivalent to superheroes. However, these strategies are not new. Parallel compositional techniques within folk epics prefigure these science-fictional strategies. This is borne out by the fact that Nagraj is an avatara of Rama, said to be reborn in the dark Kali age to fulfil unfulfilled desires from the past. In other words, instead of being for the sake of the present, superheroes are in the present to complete a quest from another time, drawing the present within the ambit of the mythic. There is a juxtaposition of a cyclical view of time associated with myth with the eventful linear time of superheroes, reorganising assumptions about chronicity in both superhero comics and epics.
      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2023-11-09T03:18:47Z
      DOI: 10.1177/23938617231196641
       
  • Book review: Francis Cody, The News Event: Popular Sovereignty in the Age
           of Deep Mediatization

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      Authors: Sabari Girisan M
      Abstract: Society and Culture in South Asia, Ahead of Print.
      Francis Cody, The News Event: Popular Sovereignty in the Age of Deep Mediatization> (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2023), 256 pp., ₹2,600.43, ISBN: 978-0-226-82472-7 (Paperback).
      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2023-11-09T03:18:16Z
      DOI: 10.1177/23938617231208668
       
  • Book review: Kudret Bulbul, Md. Nazmul Islam and Md. Sajid Khan (Eds.),
           Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Myanmar: Ethnic Conflict and Resolution

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      Authors: Md. Obaidullah, Meherab Hossain
      Abstract: Society and Culture in South Asia, Ahead of Print.
      Kudret Bulbul, Md. Nazmul Islam and Md. Sajid Khan (Eds.), Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Myanmar: Ethnic Conflict and Resolution (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), 424 pp. €139.99, ISBN 978-981-16-6463-2 (Paperback).
      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2023-11-09T03:15:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/23938617231211430
       
  • Narratives of Ageing, Narratives of Nation-building: Manjul and the
           Poetics of Dissidence in Nepal

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      Authors: Mallika Shakya
      Abstract: Society and Culture in South Asia, Ahead of Print.
      This article reads the work of a publicly engaged poet from Nepal, Manjul, to explore how revolutions age along with humans and nations. His recent work is juxtaposed against his earlier political activism leading a radical movement ‘Ralpha’ which had spearheaded literary activism against the Panchayati dictatorship. Earlier known for his subversive lifestyle and rebellious literary repertoire, Manjul later turned self-reflective, not only pondering on the ironies of everyday living and the poetics of dissidence but also inching towards a more humanised outlook on the ideals of the nation and the state. Clearly, there are paradoxes in the way the intimate and the public, the accordant and the disruptive, and the conformist and the subversive are played off against one another by those in power. In a poetic tribute dedicated to his forebearer poet Siddhicharan, Manjul contemplates how political slogans may inspire and even serve as cornerstones for certain strands of poetry. However, he emphasises how these slogans are only one of the many dimensions of society and nation. The flame of revolutionary spirit still burns within Manjul even in his advanced years. Yet, it seamlessly blends into the broader tapestry of life embracing the sanctity of thought, expression and action. The article situates this corpus within the anthropological debates on the epistemologies of writing culture.
      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2023-10-21T03:53:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/23938617231203425
       
  • Chronicity and COVID-19: Kinship, Illness and the State in Pakistan

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      Authors: Sanaullah Khan
      Abstract: Society and Culture in South Asia, Ahead of Print.
      Based on a year-long study involving interviews and surveys among low-income households in Karachi and Lahore, this article describes how participants articulated their experience of the pandemic through ideas of ‘chronicity’ which consisted of poor material conditions, longstanding health problems, and the risks of COVID-19 infections. I consider the bundling of the three elements in relation to the Pakistani state’s imposition of social distancing regulations through its security infrastructure which resulted in reinscribing social differences based on class and religion. Through ethnographic research, I consider how the centrifugal forces at play in the cities at large were negotiated in kinship as members came together during times of illness and emergencies, and conversely, when care to intimate kin was neglected as social distancing practices were taken up selectively in a way that overlapped with deep seated hostilities within families, resulting in further impacting the health of the vulnerable in the absence of adequate health services.
      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2023-09-24T02:51:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/23938617231191593
       
  • Representing the Caste-oppressed: Exploring Rettaimalai Srinivasan’s
           Anti-caste Endeavours in the Tamil Public Space

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      Authors: Dhivya Sivaramane
      Abstract: Society and Culture in South Asia, Ahead of Print.
      In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century colonial India, at a time when the high caste nationalists created a political imagery of Indians, as equals striving for a free India, there arose an anti-caste narrative that brought forth experiences of caste discrimination, throwing light on an Indian socio-polity that was unequal for the caste-oppressed. One such important voice, that emerged despite the marginalising conditions of those times, was that of the lesser-known, yet a powerful one—Rettaimalai Srinivasan (1860–1945) from the colonial Madras province (present Tamil Nadu). His autobiography Jeeviya Charittira Surukkam is a seminal work in describing his role as a political leader and civil rights legislator in representing the demands of the caste- oppressed. By viewing the untouchability/caste question from the political perspective, Srinivasan used the platform of political representation to debate on and frame legislations affecting civil liberties for the caste-oppressed, therein envisioning a Tamil public space that was free of oppressive caste practices. The efforts of Rettaimalai Srinivasan bear testimony to the power of education, law and political representation in bringing forth anti-caste articulations into the public arena, pointing to a scenario where the caste-oppressed leaders were makers of their own history and of how their assertions were crucial in equalising the Tamil public space. In representing the cause of the caste-oppressed, Srinivasan draws attention to their non-caste/casteless culture history and politicises it to demand a humane society for the caste-oppressed. This article is thus an attempt to survey the anti-caste endeavours of Rettaimalai Srinivasan in the colonial Tamil region.
      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2023-09-18T02:19:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/23938617231191592
       
  • Being and Becoming: Men in a Matrilineal Society

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      Authors: Subhashim Goswami
      Abstract: Society and Culture in South Asia, Ahead of Print.
      This article elucidates what it means to be a man in a matrilineal society by critically assessing the status of men within the Khasi matrilineal tribe in Meghalaya, India. This article argues that Khasi men constantly negotiate their gender identity in tandem with a tribal identity and find themselves trapped between a masculine assertion of patriarchal hegemony and demands that the rules of matriliny apply to their everyday existence. There is inevitably a conflict between the two, and Khasi men constantly tackle this dilemma by presenting their worldview through a notion of victimhood or a sense of pathos in explicating their position in the tussle between these two polarities. While the structural order of a matrilineal system determines the existence and ways of being a man and even a woman in a matrilineal society, this article argues that both of these positions could be prescriptive while ascribing of an identity in itself.
      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2023-09-18T02:18:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/23938617231190350
       
  • Revisiting Cultural Theory Through Baiga Dance-Songs

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      Authors: Prithvi Raj
      Abstract: Society and Culture in South Asia, Ahead of Print.
      Cultural theory is assumed to be a tool or set of ideas to explain, interpret or analyse cultures or cultural realities. The realisation of embracing and internalising theory as a kind of transcendental signifier, within and beyond our undertaking at the same time, fixes our attention on the validity and prevalence that theory has gained in academic circles. Its ubiquity is perhaps its strength, which sustains it and makes it indispensable across disciples. However, theory has its own internal functioning, often stopping it from achieving the desired results. There is a constant need to weigh theories before we use them as tools to analyse something. The central concern of this article is to interrogate the validity and legitimacy of cultural theory to deal with problems arising in contextualising cultural theories to frame Baiga dance-songs and consequent issues arising out of it. The article points out an inherent discrepancy in cultural theory through Biaga dance-songs.
      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2023-09-16T03:36:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/23938617231163981
       
  • As the Elders Sang: Exploring the Continuity and Novelty in the Folk
           Musical Performances of Goa

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      Authors: Ninotchka Mendes
      Abstract: Society and Culture in South Asia, Ahead of Print.
      Music, society and culture are intimately linked with each other. Music not only fulfils its primary need as a source of entertainment but also serves as a powerful medium for human communication. Music today has come to represent more as a commercial product, thus transforming its role in the socio-cultural domain of society. This article aims to explore the folk musical performances of the Christian Gawda, with special focus on one form of folk performance locally known as ghumata vazop. While presenting in brief the ideas put forward by some sociologists on music, ethnomusicology and folk music, the article attempts at a conceptual clarification between the two tribal identities of Gawda and Kunbi. Lastly, it explores aspects of continuity and novelty in the folk musical traditions of the Gawdas.
      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2023-09-09T02:59:33Z
      DOI: 10.1177/23938617231163980
       
  • Corrigendum

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      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2022-10-12T02:56:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/23938617221134557
       
  • Poetic Imagining(s) in South Asia: Writing Nation Through Sensibilities of
           Resistance

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      Authors: Mallika Shakya
      Abstract: Society and Culture in South Asia, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2022-06-26T08:09:14Z
      DOI: 10.1177/23938617221101931
       
  • Corrigendum

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      Abstract: Society and Culture in South Asia, Ahead of Print.
      Ranjan, Amit. 2021. ‘Language as an Identity: Hindi–Non-Hindi Debates in India.’ Society and Culture in South Asia 7(2): 314–337.
      DOI : 10.1177/23938617211014660In the above article, the corrections listed below have been made. The online and print versions have been updated to reflect the correct information.On p. 314, the article subtitle has been corrected to: Hindi–Non-Hindi Debates in IndiaThe abstract has been updated.The text under section ‘Introduction’ has been changed.The main heading on p. 317 has been corrected to ‘Hindi and Provincial Languages in Colonial India’.On p. 320, page number for reference ‘Ramaswamy 1997’ has been corrected to 27.On the same page, references ‘Ramaswamy 1997; Geetha and Rajadurai 2011’ have been added to the end of the first paragraph.On p. 323, reference ‘Constitution of India, 2015 edition’ has been added to the display quotes.Wording for footnote 3 on p. 329 has been corrected.On p. 330, footnote 4 has been updated.On p. 336, the publisher has been corrected to ‘University of California Press’ in reference Ramaswamy 1997.
      Citation: Society and Culture in South Asia
      PubDate: 2021-08-30T05:05:29Z
       
 
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