Vol 2, No 2 (2013)

Motion and Consumption in South Asia

2 2 2013

This issue offers up two broad themes that could very well describe ordinary, day-to-day activity in much of South Asia - motion and consumption. Yet this bird's-eye view belies the intensity of subjective intentionality, and the continuous negotiation that takes place as experience and risk are juggled in an effort to overcome social, economic and political obstacles, and to gain some advantage where possible. Articles, photo essays, and book reviews cover topics in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and India. 

Cover: Rongpharpi Rongbe monument (Rong is 'village,' be is 'to flee') in Karbi Anglong, Assam. An iconic heroine and symbol of courage, justice and freedom among the Karbi people, it is believed that Rongpharpi Rongbe lived several centuries ago when most of the Karbi people were ruled by either the Kachari or Khasi Kingdoms. A king kept tiger cubs as pets, feeding them human milk in an attempt to domesticate them. He would send his soldiers to the Karbi villages everyday to collect milk from the women. Unable to stand the tyranny of the king, Kareng Rongpharpi picked up a hatchet and killed the soldiers. She, along with the villagers fled their homes out of fear of reprisal. Description by Milton Terang. Photo by Michael Heneise, December 2005.

Table of Contents


Editorial: Why the open access movement needs South Asian scholars PDF
Michael Heneise, Heid Jerstad


ISO certified pardahs and agency mechanisms among Muslim women in Kerala PDF
Julten Abdelhalim
Migration to and from the Nepal terai: shifting movements and motives PDF
Hom Nath Gartaula, Anke Niehof
Shifts in patterns of consumption and materialism among female domestic workers in Dhaka
Zarjina Tarana Khalil, Shafquat Kabir
Food, ritual and interspecies intimacy in the Chitwan elephant stables: a photo essay PDF
Piers Locke
Who sings for the Hornbill?: the performance and politics of culture in Nagaland, Northeast India PDF
Arkotong Longkumer
Fusing worlds of coconuts: the regenerative practice in precarious life-sustenance and fragile relationality in Sri Lanka PDF
Wim Van Daele

Exploratory Essays

The democratic stature of Pakistan in the contemporary world: challenges and prospects PDF
Muhammad Imran Ashraf


South Asians and the shaping of Britain, 1870−1950: a sourcebook - Edited by Ruvani Ranasinha, Rehana Ahmed, Sumita Mukherjee, and Florian Stadtler
Crispin Bates
False sanctuaries: stories from the troubled territories of South Asia - By Meenakshi Iyer PDF
Bashabi Fraser
Princely India re-imagined: a historical anthropology of Mysore from 1799 to the present - By Aya Ikegame PDF
Anthony Good
The Konyak Nagas: a socio-cultural profile - By Ashim Roy PDF
Michael Heneise

Special Submissions

Symposium on human-elephant relations in South and Southeast Asia - University of Canterbury, May 7 & 8 PDF
Piers Locke, Samantha Eason