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Bihar: Crossing Boundaries

Sunita Lall (Editor) Neeraj Kumar (Editor) Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff (Editor)

This book binds together essays that, in spite of adopting diverse methodologies and different perspectives, study Bihar’s development, cultural changes, violence, governance, etc., over a long durée and across a vast region with blurred or even absent boundaries. These keywords are reflective of the realities ‘in’, rather than ‘of’, this state as in many other regions across the world. The state’s profile on these parameters has undergone change several times in the last century. The essays in this collection present some of these changes in a vivid manner as well as set the agenda for new research.
Ethnographic, anthropological, and sociological analyses, as well as macroeconomic policy models have been used to analyse the changes in Bihar. Translated versions of vernacular manuscripts, unpublished letters/correspondence, and other archival accounts not exhibited so far, oral evidence, folktales, myths, and memoirs have also been used to demonstrate the dynamics of the region studied. Sacred places, shrines, films, rural capital, agricultural mechanization technologies, paintings, and literary traditions have been analysed to understand the character of the change. In these essays, authors cross not just geographical and temporal boundaries, but gender, class, ethnic, and cultural boundaries in different contexts to present a unique and syncretic collection of essays on Bihar.

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About the authors

Neeraj Kumar

Dr. Neeraj Kumar, Lecturer, Assistant Editor, P.G. Department of English, Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, Bihar is a rising star in the firmament of Jainological Studies and Research; has to his credit a brilliant academic career; has contributed several research papers in research journals; presented about half a dozen papers at national and international seminar and conferences.

Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff

Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff (1964) is Director Research in the Asian Development research Institute (ADRI), Ranchi, Jharkhan (India). She received her Ph.D. degree in 1995 (cum laude) from the Centre of Asian Studies in Amsterdam (CASA) with her study on Girlhood in colonial Calcutta entitled Save Ourselves and the Girls! (Rotterdam: Extravert 1995). She has received several post-doctoral fellowships and published in academic journals and edited books. She is also co-editor of ‘State, Society and Displaced People in South Asia’ (Dhaka: The University Press Limited 2004) (along with Dr. Imtiaz ahmed and Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta).

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Title Bihar: Crossing Boundaries
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.09.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Primus Books
Language: English
isbn 9789390022281
length 370p.
Subjects History