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Crowds chanting on both sides of the Indo-Pakistan Wagah Border, Punjab

This paper acquaints students with the richness and diversity of the anthropological study of South Asia's major regions: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It explores both the historically well-developed anthropology of the region and much contemporary research on the region. Its concerns include theories of caste; popular and politicised religion including pilgrimage and devotional experience in Hinduism; Sufism, syncretism and religious reform in Islam; also gender, sexuality and marriage; the significance and legacy of India's key social and political thinkers including Nehru and Ambedkar; social movements among 'tribal' and 'subaltern' groups; democracy, governance and new political mobilisations; communal and religious conflict; cities and urban life; class, consumption and the individual; environmentalism and contemporary anti-corruption movements. The paper is taught through seminars and some lectures, in a single integrated series of seminars running through all three terms.

Further information including a list of lecture courses and background reading can be found in the Paper Guide in the Paper Resources section to the right of this page.

Paper Resources


SAN4d South Asia Paper Guide

For lecture reading lists, additional teaching materials, past exam questions and exam reports for all ethnographic areas please see the SAN4 Moodle Course.

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