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1 Meenakshi Thapan
Anthropological Journeys: Reflections on Fieldwork
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 1998; 8125012214 / 9788125012214; Reprint; Hardcover; New; New; 
This collection of papers raises methodological issues and questions concerning the traditional nature of anthropology, and addresses current issues and debates in sociology and social anthropology. The essays in this volume, by well-known anthropologists take up these and other issues arising out of their own fieldwork experience. The result is a rigorous and deeply moving analysis that leads to an unlearning of inappropriate and insensitive methods that obscure rather than explain the lives of people. Printed Pages: 332. 031675

Price: 12.50 USD
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2 Meenakshi Thapan (Ed.)
Contested Spaces: Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2010; 8125040927 / 9788125040927; Hardcover; New; New; 
Individuals and groups negotiate increasingly complex relationships between the local, the national and the global. Contested Spaces: Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times focuses on the everyday experience of divided or contested allegiances, and foregrounds the experiential, the embodied and the emotional, while also examining the social and the cultural. Divided into three sections, this volume is broadly grouped around the themes of exclusionary practices, experiences of identity, and gender. The first section opens with a powerful commentary on the practices deployed by the state to enforce adherence to a desired narrative of the nation-state. It goes on to show how the state uses the concept of ‘time’ in schooling practices as a means for the further marginalisation and exclusion of underprivileged subjects. It also demonstrates how immigrant and minority students experience processes of ‘othering’ in multicultural/ institutional context. In discussing the question of identity, the second section analyses the role of the state and shows how immigrants, seeking to establish a legitimate place for themselves, have to constantly grapple with their dual allegiance. Issues of identity are reflected in art as well as where the state plays a role in either promoting or modifying folk art. Aesthetics, as a result, become embroiled with politics when traditional tribal art and craft become politicised—it may be deployed in protest, or co-opted to facilitate assimilation. Section three variously examines the changing nature of masculinity in Sri Lanka and its relevance to the dynamics of conflict within the self and the nation; the Buddhist Medaw nuns of Myanmar, whose heightened asceticism to create an identity for themselves is co-opted by the state; and four films made by Muslim women in the West that seek to sensitise Western audiences about the war in Afghanistan by using an approach that valourises the West and denigrates Islam and Afghanistan.Printed Pages: 284. 102006

Price: 17.98 USD
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3 Meenakshi Thapan
Life at School: An Ethnographic Study
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2005; 0195679644 / 9780195679649; Second Edition; Paperback; New; 
This book explores the complex relationship between ideas, institutions, and the people in them. The author examines the Rishi Valley Schol in Andhra Pradesh considered the hallmark of progressive education, informed by the world view of the renowned philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti. This edition includes a new introduction that rethinks ideas in school education in light of present political and social realities. It will be of special importance to scholars of education, teachers, trainers, as also to scholars of sociology and philosophy. Printed Pages: 304. 029162

Price: 7.10 USD
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4 Meenakshi Thapan
Living the Body: Embodiment, Womanhood and Identity in Contemporary India
Sage Publications; New Delhi, India; 2009; 8178299011 / 9788178299013; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
This is a book about embodiment and identity in the context of particular women's lives in an urban setting. It is concerned with the development of a sociology of embodiment in the context of women's lives in contemporary, urban India. The focus on embodiment is mediated by gender and class, two critical elements that constitute identity in relation to embodiment. The study is based on material collected from interviews with working class women in an urban slum and with professional, upper class women, with young women in secondary schools and from material from a women's magazine. Apart from theoretical considerations, the book gives centrality to women's voice in the construction of her identity as an embodied being, located in particular socio-economic settings in urban India. The book also attempts to provide an understanding of resistance in the context of women's lives, both as a conceptual tool and a strategy in everyday life. Printed Pages: 216. 028105

Price: 15.95 USD
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