Author: S M Naseem
Editor(s): S M Naseem / Khalid Nadvi
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 978-0-19-579636-0
The essays in this volume will set the tone for the development of a healthy tradition among social scientists of questioning orthodox perceptions based on reasoned and well-researched debate and will serve to stimulate debate on the current economic and social issues of South Asia, particularly Pakistan.
The book consist of sixteen chapters related to the themes which have been the central focus of well-known social scientist, Professor Hamza Alavi’s work on social and economic issues in post-colonial South Asia. These include, in the context of his analysis of post-colonial societies, the role of the state, conflict and coalition among economic and social groups, the character of economic reforms, the role of religion and the status of women. Although some of the essays are of an abstract nature, most concentrate on contemporary problems facing South Asia, particularly Pakistan.
The book contains contributions by academics, researchers and social activists from such varied disciplines as philosophy, literature, religious studies, history, sociology, anthropology and economics.
PART I: STATE AND GOVERNANCE
State and Governance as Factors in Development: In Search of a Theory
Ethnicity, State, and National Integration
Ethnonationalism and Democracy:
Is Co-Existence Possible?
The Language of the Salariat
PART II: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND STRUCTURAL CHANGE
Land Reforms in India and Pakistan:
A Comparative Review
Social Networks in Urban Punjab:
A Case Study of the Sialkot Surgical Instrument Cluster
Changes in the Agrarian Structure of Pakistan
State-Society Conjunctures and Disjunctures:
Pakistan’s Manufacturing Performance
The Crisis of Growth and Economic Management in Pakistan
PART III: RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH ASIA
Religion as History in the Making of South Asian Identities
Pakistan, Islam, and Progress
Islam, Liberalism, and Democracy
Consciousness of Muslim Identity in South Asia before 1947
PART IV: GENDER RELATIONS IN MUSLIM SOCIETY
Women’s Experiences of Identity, Religion, and Activism in Pakistan
Fundamentalism, Symbolism, and Women
Women’s Movement in Pakistan:
Problems and Prospects
Notes on the Contributors