HIAA00671U Introduction to Modern India and South Asia (II) – Societies in Modern India & South Asia

Volume 2014/2015
Curriculum for the BA programme in Modern India and Southasian Studies the 2012 curriculum or

Curriculum for the Elective Studies in Modern Indian and Southasian Studies the 2012 curriculum

This course introduces some of the forms of social distinctions and inequalities in societies in South Asia. It examines the specific issues of caste, class, gender and kinship, and their complex entanglements with religion in urban and rural contexts. It draws on critical debates and ethnographies of the region, as well as films (including documentary footage) and fiction (e.g. Dalit stories). The course aims to illuminate the fluid and diverse formations that characterise the societies in this region, and the relations of power integral to them.

Learning Outcome


BA 2012-ordning:
Introduktion til det moderne Indien og Sydasien 2 (fagelementkode HIAB00671E)

BA tilvalg 2012-ordning:
Introduktion til det moderne Indien og Sydasien 2 (fagelementkode HIAB10011E)


Diane P. Mines & Sarah Lamb (Eds.) (2010) Everyday Life in South Asia. Indiana: Indiana University Press. Second Edition [Paperback]

M. N. Srinivas (Ed) (2000) Caste : Its 20th Century Avatar. New Delhi: Penguin Books India [Paperback]

Omprakash Valmiki (2003) Joothan: An Untouchable's Life. Translated from the Hindi by Arun Prabha Mukherjee New York: Columbia University Press [Paperback]

Surinder S. Jodhka (2012) Caste. New Delhi: Oxford University Press [Paperback]

N.B. Other readings will also be referred to during class sessions.

Lectures and group class presentations/​discussions. Active class participation is expected.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 164,25
  • Total
  • 206,25
7,5 ECTS
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