Social Scientist. v 27, no. 316-317 (Sept-Oct 1999) p. Back material.

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State, Society and Ecology: Gorakhpur in Transition 1750-1830

Meena Bhargava

In the recent years, scholars have been extensively engaged in the study of the transition period in India, i.e. eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It is through the study of different regions that they have focused on the phenomenon of change and continuity, growth and development and transitions to colonialism. Most of these works are macro-regional.

The book examines the specificities and peculiarities of Gorakhpur in the period of transition, roughly c. 1750-1830. While it reinforces the notions of growth and development, continuity and change and thereby widens the transition debate juxtaposing it with colonial discourse and orientalism, its major contribution is its attempt to redefine economic history and focus on new ways of studying economic history.

MEENA BHARGAVA is a Reader in the Department of History, Indraprastha College, University of Delhi.

ISBN 81-7304-281-0 1999 Demy 8vo 279p. Rs. 550

The Expanding Landscape: South Asians and the Diaspora

Edited by Carla Petievich

How do people go about expressing, sustaining, reiterating their culture in new spaces? What constitutes 'South Asian Culture' in North America and Britain?

This volume presents a diverse range of scholarship which seeks to outline some of the cultural activities practiced by peoples of South Asian origin who live in other places. Literature on the South Asian diaspora has tended to cluster in two areas: the demographically-oriented work of the 1970s and 1980s; and more recent theoretical work from the 1990s, which has been developed within the framework of postcolonial studies.

CARLA PETIEVICH is Associate Professor of History at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

ISBN 81-7304-279-9 1999 Demy 8vo 230p. Rs. 450

From Myths: Essays on Gender

edited by Kumkum Sangari, Uma Chakravarti

As the essays in this volume show, feminist writing has opened up ways of questioning and reinterpreting not only social life but also academic disciplines. The essays, themselves drawn from various disciplines and regions, explore epics, oral traditions, folksongs, puranic myths, proverbs, women's letters, autobiographies, tribal practices, field-based information and archival sources in new and provocative ways. UMA CHAKRAVARTI teaches history at Miranda House, Delhi University. KUMKUM SANGARI teaches English at Indraprastha College, Delhi University, and is at present a fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.

ISBN 81-85952-60-4 Rs. 700


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