Exploring Indian Modernities

Ideas and Practices

Editors: Choukroune, Leila, Bhandari, Parul (Eds.)

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  • Provides a multidisciplinary perspective on Indian modernities
  • Includes a comprehensive framework linking the many facets of social sciences and humanities research on India in a temporal perspective 
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This book analyses how multiple and hybrid ‘modernities’ have been shaped in colonial and postcolonial India from the lens of sociology and anthropology, literature, media and cultural studies, law and political economy. It discusses the ideas that shaped these modernities as well as the lived experience and practice of these modernities. The two broad foci in this book are: (a) The dynamism of modern institutions in India, delineating the specific ways in which ideas of modernity have come to define these institutions and how institutional innovations have shaped modernities; and (b) perspectives on everyday practices of modernities and the cultural constituents of being modern. This book provides an enriching read by bringing together original papers from diverse disciplines and from renowned as well as upcoming scholars.

About the authors

Prof. Leïla Choukroune is Director of the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH), New Delhi India, the French National Research Centre (CNRS) Unit on South Asia. She is a visiting Professor at the World Trade Institute (Bern), the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (Arusha, Tanzania), the China-EU School of Law (Beijing), and the University of Geneva. When associate Professor of international economic law with the Faculty of Law of the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, she was Deputy Director of the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR) and Director of the Advanced Master in international economic law. Her research focuses on the interactions between trade, investment and human rights and is applied to emerging countries, China and India in particular. She has published numerous scientific articles and authored several books including (with Sangeeta Khorana) Global Health and the Emerging World: An Integrated International Trade Approach, (Springer, forthcoming 2015). She is the Editor of the Springer book series International Law and the Global South and member of the Editorial Board of China Perspectives. Leïla Choukroune is regularly solicited as an independent expert on international economic law and business and human rights issues. She is an independent adviser to the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and a Member of the French National Books Commission (CNL). Before taking the responsibility of the CSH directorship, she was Associate Professor with the Law Faculty of Maastricht University, Assistant Professor with HEC Paris, Consultant with the OECD, Lecturer with Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Researcher with the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) in Hong Kong. She holds a Doctorate in international law (Summa cum laude – highest honor) from the University Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and is a qualified lawyer to the Paris Bar. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish, speaks Chinese and German and learns Hindi.



Parul Bhandari is currently a Visiting Scholar at St. Edmund’s College and the Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS), University of Cambridge.  She is also an affiliated to the Centre of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH), the South Asia research unit for the French National Centre for Research (CNRS), where she previously was a Post Doctoral Fellow (2014-2016). She has held Guest Faculty positions at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, and the Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT, Delhi). Dr. Bhandari completed her PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge in 2014. Her PhD was supported by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. Her main research interests lie in the field of social class, gender, marriage, and family. Her doctoral thesis explained the makings of middle class identities through the processes of spouse-selection. For her post-doctoral research she has shifted attention to the study of elites, particularly the rich housewives of Delhi, focusing on their relationship with money and exploring the themes of honour and humiliation in their everyday lives. Dr. Bhandari has written widely on gender, family and marriages including book chapters, journal articles, and articles in newspapers and magazines. She also has two forthcoming book monographs.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Understanding the Modern in India

    Pages 1-17

    Choukroune, Leïla (et al.)

  • Transgressions, Demosprudence, and Justice

    Pages 21-36

    Baxi, Upendra

  • From Without to Within: Indian International Law as Modernizer

    Pages 37-57

    Choukroune, Leïla

  • The Political Economy of Being ‘Modern’ in 21st Century India

    Pages 59-79

    Ghosh, Jayati

  • Political Innovation in the Working of Indian Democracy: A Study of the Group of Ministers Device (1999–2014)

    Pages 81-106

    Arora, Balveer (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exploring Indian Modernities
Book Subtitle
Ideas and Practices
Editors
  • Leila Choukroune
  • Parul Bhandari
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-7557-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-7557-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-7556-8
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-3966-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 334
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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