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Asian Lives in Anthropological Perspective
Essays on Morality, Achievement and Modernity
402 pages, 25 ills., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-500-3 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (May 2024)
eISBN 978-1-80539-501-0 eBook Not Yet Published
“This book which addresses such key themes as modernity, morality and collective identity in both Vietnam and India will be of immense significance for scholars and students seeking to engage in comparative work on Asia…[It]opens up new fields of research and analysis for interdisciplinary scholarship on Asia.” • Magnus Marsden, University of Sussex
Contemporary Asian societies present a variety of contrasting experiences and afterlives of colonialism, revolutionary socialism, religion and secular nationalism. Asian Lives in Anthropological Perspective draws together essays that demonstrate how modernity has shaped two Asian settings in particular – India and Vietnam. It traces historical and contemporary realities through a variety of compelling topics such as the experience of the Indian caste system and the ethical challenges faced by Vietnamese working women.
Susan Bayly is Professor Emerita of Historical Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. She was also the editor of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (2000-2004). Her most recent publications include Asian Voices in a Postcolonial Age. Vietnam, India and Beyond (Cambridge University Press, 2007), 'Anthropology and History'. In Schools and Styles of Anthropological Theory. Matei Candea, ed. (London: Routledge, 2018).
Subject: Anthropology (General)Cultural Studies (General)Theory and Methodology
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