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Temple Tracks: Labour, Piety and Railway Construction in Asia

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Volume 16

Asian Anthropologies

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Temple Tracks

Labour, Piety and Railway Construction in Asia

Vineeta Sinha

Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

350 pages, 30 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-016-9 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (August 2023)

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“Vineeta Sinha’s book is a truly original and compelling study which combines railway studies, labour history and Hindu diaspora studies to tell a fascinating story about colonial railway building, Indian labour migration and Hindu religion-making in Malaysia and Singapore.” • Knut A. Jacobsen, University of Bergen


The notions of labour, mobility and piety have a complex and intertwined relationship. Using ethnographic methods and a historical perspective, Temple Tracks critically outlines the interlink of railway construction in colonial and post-colonial Asia, as well as the anthropology of infrastructure and transnational mobilities with religion. In Malaysia and Singapore, evidence of religion-making and railway-building from a colonial past is visible in multiple modes and media as memories, recollections and ‘traces’.

Vineeta Sinha is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, and Editorial Board Member of Current Sociology. Her publications include A New God in the Diaspora? Muneeswaran Worship in Contemporary Singapore (NUS Press, 2007) and Sociological Theory Beyond the Canon (Palgrave, 2017).

Subject: Transport StudiesRefugee and Migration StudiesAnthropology of Religion
Area: Asia-Pacific

Temple Tracks by Vineeta Sinha is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

OA ISBN: 978-1-80539-078-7


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