Migrants, Refugees and the Stateless in South Asia

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SAGE Publishing India, May 23, 2016 - Social Science - 384 pages

A comprehensive assessment of the economic, social and cultural impacts of migration within South Asia

This book addresses the concept of migration with the aim of building theory as well as drawing from existing theories to understand South Asian realities. It highlights the less-explored cultural dimensions of migration—music, literature, cinema and art—thereby extending migration research into the realms of security discourse.

The author explores how ideas migrate along with people, and the extent to which the process of transformation and adaptation of these ideas is necessitated by social interactions in the adopted society. Since South Asia is culturally diverse, most migrants need to adapt themselves to unfamiliar social milieus, and this juxtaposition finds expression in rich and diverse cultural forms. The book will be indispensable to researchers and scholars of migration studies, South Asia studies, social anthropology and international relations.


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Mapping the South Asian Scene
The Political Connection
The Security Variable
Relief and Rehabilitation
The Legal Dynamics
Cultural and Psychological Dimensions
Making Sense
Author Index
Subject Index

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Partha S. Ghosh is an Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) National Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Till recently he was a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi. Earlier he was a Professor of South Asian Studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His previous academic positions are: Visiting Professor, Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD), Guwahati; Humboldt Fellow, Heidelberg University; Ford Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Visiting Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has also served as a Visiting Professor for short durations at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH), Paris; University of Bordeaux; Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chair in Indian Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; and University of Heidelberg. For many years Professor Ghosh served as the Research Director at the ICSSR, New Delhi. His areas of interest are South Asian politics, migrations, ethnicity and domestic politics-foreign policy interface. For several years Professor Ghosh was the Editor of India Quarterly, the flagship journal of the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi.

Professor Ghosh has a long list of publications. His books include Politics of Personal Law in South Asia (2007), Unwanted and Uprooted: A Political Study of Refugees, Migrants, Stateless and Displaced in South Asia (2004), Ethnicity versus Nationalism: The Devolution Discourse in Sri Lanka (New Delhi: SAGE, 2003), BJP and the Evolution of Hindu Nationalism (1999, 2000), Pluralism and Equality: Values in Indian Society and Politics (New Delhi: SAGE, 2000, co-edited), Rivalry and Revolution in South and East Asia (1997, edited), Cooperation and Conflict in South Asia (1989, 1995) and Sino-Soviet Relations: US Perceptions and Policy Responses: 1849–1959 (1981). He has written many research articles in eminent professional journals, and also many newspaper articles.

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