The South Asianist is a peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary journal intended to spur critical debate on social, environmental, linguistic, religious, political and economic issues in South Asia. At its core is the vision to open research on and in South Asia to as wide an audience as possible. With this in mind, articles and reviews are complimented by experimental formats such as exploratory essays and video vignettes. The South Asianist Blog
has been created to follow more week-to-week activities of fieldwork and is run by a dedicated Blog Editor and a team of regular contributors.
Vol 4, No 2 (2016): Contestation and Recognition in South Asia
This regularly scheduled issue, and ninth instalment since the journal's launch in October 2011, features articles covering a variety of themes in contemporary and historical South Asia, from community responses to land-grabbing in Nepal, and theoretical explorations of the political in asceticism among sadhus in India, to governance patterns among the Yimchunger Nagas in the Indo-Burmese borderlands, and patterns of urban violence in crowded Karachi, Pakistan. Broadly speaking, the main themes traversing this issue, presented by junior and senior scholars, encompass minority communities contesting dominant forces, resisting political subjugation, and vying for recognition.
The cover image is of 700 year-old Khonoma village in Nagaland state, India; a village that successfully resisted British control in the southern Naga inhabited areas for nearly five decades, culminating in a truce in 1878. Image by Michael Heneise.
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