Introduction to Societies in Modern India and South Asia

Course content

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.


Studieordning for det centrale fag på BA niveau i Moderne Indien og Sydasienstudier 2015-ordning eller 

Studieordning for tilvalget på BA niveau i Moderne Indien og Sydasienstudier, 2012-ordningen

Learning outcome

Det moderne Indien og Sydasiens samfund (fagelementkode HIAB00821E) 

Tilvalg 2012-ordning: 
Det moderne Indien og Sydasiens samfund (fagelementkode HIAB10021E)

A combination of lectures and active student participation in presentations and discussions. The course involves 3 hour sessions per week for 14 weeks. In addition to the readings and preparations for the course, there will be one take-home practice/processual essay.

-Diane P. Mines & Sarah Lamb (Eds.) (2002 + 2010) Everyday Life in South Asia. Indiana: Indiana University Press. 1st Edition & 2nd Edition [Paperback] - M. N. Srinivas (Ed) (2000) Caste : Its 20th Century Avatar. New Delhi: Penguin Books India [Paperback]

- Mukulika Banerjee (Ed.) (2008) Muslim Portraits: Everyday Lives in India. Bloomington: Indiana University Press [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 PressPaperback]

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

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  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Guidance
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 328,5
  • English
  • 412,5