South Asia - Hamza Alavi & John HarrissBasingstoke & London: Macmillan, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “The modern states of South Asia — India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal — are the inheritors of some of the most sophisticated and “developed” regimes and economies of the eighteenth century. But the forms of capitalist development of the colonial period gave rise to the extensive poverty that characterizes the region today, and laid at least part of the foundations of its relatively advanced industrial economy. Towards the end of the twentieth century South Asia thus presents a paradoxical appearance of “development” combined with pervasive and enduring poverty, and of political stability in the face of increasing ethnic violence and regional tensions. These different aspects of contemporary South Asia supply the themes of this book.
The editors of this reader attempt to present a coherent view of South Asian society as a historically developing totality of relations while also introducing the wider literature. They reject the approach which supposes that there was a “traditional” India which is being changed by forces of “modernization"; and, while acknowledging the importance of the ideologies of South Asian people themselves, they do not accept the culturalist premise of some sociological interpretations which maintain that caste and religion make South Asia essentially different from other regions. Their approach is a historical one, assigning causal primacy to neither economics nor politics nor ideology, recognizing the organic unity of social structures and processes.”