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Multiple Histories: Culture and Society in the Study of Rajasthan

Michael W. Meister (Editor) Lawrence A. Babb (Editor) Varsha Joshi (Editor)
Synopsis The book embodies the idea that Rajasthan's past - and hence its present - cannot be adequately comprehended from the limited perspective of any single academic discipline or approach. Instead, it celebrates the notion that the region's past is subject to many constructions, each of which can contribute to a fuller understanding of its present-day cultural and social diversity. The authors of the papers presented here represent a wide variety of disciplines - history, anthropology, art history, religious studies, and political science - and the papers deal with the region's past as seen from both highly contrastive and complementary points of view. Each paper is a substantive and important contribution to the study of Rajasthani culture and society. Together they illustrate the idea that Rajasthan has many pasts and many histories, that this multiplicity is a basic feature of the region's cultural landscape, and that it is an essential component of continuing scholarship.
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About the authors

Michael W. Meister

Michael W. Meister is Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of the History of Art and South Asia Regional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He has served as editor of the American Institute of Indian Studies' series, the Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture, and also edited volumes on Discourses on Siva, Making Things in South Asia, and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: Essays in Early Indian Architecture and Essays in Architectural Theory.

Lawrence A. Babb

Lawrence A. Babb is Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts.  He has done field research in central, northern, and western India on both Hindu and Jain communities.  His most recent book is Alchemies of Violence: Myths of Identity and the Life of Trade in Western India (2004).

Varsha Joshi

Varsha Joshi is Associate Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur. Her interests are cultural studies and gender issues. She has authored Polygamy and Purdah; Culture, Communities and Change and co-edited Multiple Histories.

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Title Multiple Histories: Culture and Society in the Study of Rajasthan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170337208
length 340p., 23cm.
Subjects History