BOOKS RECEIVED: Chaise LaDousa, “Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky: Education, Language, and Social Class in Contemporary India” (Berghahn, 2016)
A sea change has occurred in the Indian economy in the last three decades, spurring the desire to learn English. Most scholars and media venues have focused on English exclusively for its ties to processes of globalization and the rise… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Hanchett, Monju, Akhter (K.R.), Akhter (S.), and Islam, “Water Culture in South Asia” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Water is life in Bangladesh. Based on five researchers long-term involvement with water development programs in eight districts, this book introduces the reader to the vast range of meanings that water has in this South Asian country, where ordinary villagers… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Julia Shaw, “Buddhist Landscapes in Central India: Sanchi Hill and Archaeologies of Religious and Social Change, c. Third Century BC to Fifth Century AD” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
The monumental bias of Buddhist archaeology has hampered our understanding of the socio-religious mechanisms that enabled early Buddhist monks to establish themselves in new areas. To articulate these relationships, Shaw presents here the first integrated study of settlement archaeology and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Brower and Johnston, eds., “Disappearing Peoples?: Indigenous Groups and Ethnic Minorities in South and Central Asia” (Left Coast Press, 2007)
South and Central Asia is a region of extraordinary cultural and environmental diversity and home to nearly one-quarter of the earth’s population. Among these diverse peoples are some whose ways of life are threatened by the accelerating assault of forces… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Abraham, Gullapalli, Raczek and Rizvi, eds., “Connections and Complexity: New Approaches to the Archaeology of South Asia” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
This compilation of original research articles highlight the important cross-regional, cross-chronological, and comparative approaches to political and economic landscapes in ancient South Asia and its neighbors. Focusing on the Indus Valley period and Iron Age India, this volume incorporates new… Read More
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