An Introduction to Changing India

An Introduction to Changing India

Culture, Politics and Development

By Sirpa Tenhunen & Minna Säävälä

Anthem South Asian Studies

This book provides a comprehensive view on rapidly changing India. It covers Indian culture, politics, economy and technology, as well as population and environmental issues.

Paperback, 216 Pages


December 2012

£14.99, $24.95

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About This Book

“An Introduction to Changing India: Culture, Politics and Development” provides a comprehensive view of today’s rapidly changing India in a way that is both reader-friendly and scholarly, without requiring prior knowledge on the subject from its readers. It investigates Indian culture, politics, economics and technology, as well as population and environmental issues. Gender issues are also discussed throughout the book. The authors provide a balanced picture of the emerging India’s many triumphs, as well as its lingering problems and the ongoing battle for more inclusive growth. By drawing on anthropological fieldwork in rural and urban India, the authors give ordinary Indians a voice by exploring their aspirations for change, while also describing macro-level changes.

The study draws from extensive reading of research reports and fieldwork by the authors, who have carried out anthropological research on kinship, gender issues, politics, class and caste, population issues and the appropriation of information technology in India since the 1990s.


“This is a comprehensive, highly readable overview of contemporary India. The non-ethnocentric, postcolonial and feminist perspectives on caste, gender and population are refreshing, relevant and timely. The authors are obviously deeply familiar with the lives and lived realities of Indians across regions and cultures.” —Dr Bipasha Baruah, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair of Global Women’s Issues, Western University, Canada

Author Information

Sirpa Tenhunen is a social anthropologist at the University of Helsinki, where her current research examines the appropriation of mobile technology in West Bengal, India. Her past research projects have dealt with gender, kinship, politics and ritual both in rural and urban India.

Minna Säävälä is a social anthropologist at the Population Research Institute in Helsinki, where she specializes in demographic anthropology and reproductive health issues. She has carried out fieldwork in Andhra Pradesh in southern India in both rural and urban settings. She is currently engaged in studying migration and intercultural interaction in the European context.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Young Nation, Old Civilization; Chapter 3: Unity in Diversity; Chapter 4: Caste and Kinship: The Keys of Interaction; Chapter 5: Political Transitions; Chapter 6: Political Alternatives; Chapter 7: Population Giant; Chapter 8: Between Poverty and Affluence; Chapter 9: Economy, Labor and Production; Chapter 10: New Technology: A Shortcut to Development?; Chapter 11: Growth Burdens the Environment; Chapter 12: Conclusion; References; Index 


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