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Sociology: Research


Sociology of South and East Asia

Our work in this research area focuses on contemporary social processes in South and East Asia. Key themes include gender, health, education, identity, human rights, citizenship and social movements. Edinburgh’s interdisciplinary Centre for South Asian Studies is one of the largest centres in Europe concerned with social science and humanities research on South Asia. The Centre runs a flourishing seminar series and also sponsors annual visiting fellowships which bring international scholars to Edinburgh. On East Asia, we have expertise in the political sociology of China, connecting us to a growing interdisciplinary community at the University centred in the Scottish Centre for Chinese Studies.



See our indivudual webpages for a full list of publications, but indicative publications in these areas include:



Radhika Govinda. 2013. '"First Our Fields, Now Our Women" Gender Politics in Delhi's Urban Villages in Transition', South Asia Multi-disciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ)

Patricia Jeffery and Amrita Basu (eds) 1998. Appropriating Gender: Women's Activism, Politicized Religion and the State in South Asia (Routledge, New York & London)



Salla Sariola, Anand Kumar, Deapica Ravindran and Roger Jeffery. 2015. ‘Big-pharmaceuticalisation: Clinical Trials and Contract Research Organisations in India’ Social Science and Medicine, 131:  239-246, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.11.052.

Patricia Jeffery and Roger Jeffery. 2015. ‘Underserved and Overdosed? Muslims and the Pulse Polio Initiative in rural north India’, Contemporary South Asia, 19, 2: 117-35.



Madeleine Arnot, Roger Jeffery, Leslie Casely-Hayford & Claire Noronha. 2012. 'Schooling and Domestic Transitions: Shifting Gender Relations and Female Agency in Rural Ghana and India.' Comparative Education, DOI:10.1080/03050068.2011.608896

Craig Jeffrey, Patricia Jeffery and Roger Jeffery: Education, Masculinities and Unemployment in north India (Social Science Press, New Delhi)



Radhika Govinda. 2008. 'Re-inventing Dalit Women's Identity? Dynamics of Social Activism and Electoral Politics in Rural North India', Contemporary South Asia (BASAS 5th Annual Issue), 16 (4): 427-440

Hugo Gorringe. 2012: ‘Dalit Politics: Untouchability, Identity and Assertion’, in A. Kohli and P. Singh (eds) Routledge Handbook of Indian Politics. pp119-128. New York & London: Routledge.


Human Rights:

Roger Jeffery & Nidhi Singal. 2008. 'Disability Estimates in India: A changing Landscape of Socio-Political Struggle.' Economic and Political Weekly, 43, 12 & 13: 22-24.

Sophia Woodman. 2011. Law, translation and voice: the transformation of a struggle for social justice in a Chinese village. Critical Asian Studies 43, 2: 185-210.

Citizenship and Social Movements:

Yash Ghai and Sophia Woodman. 2013. Practising Self-government: A Comparative Study of Autonomous Regions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Hugo Gorringe. 2005. Untouchable Citizens: The Dalit Panthers and Democratisation in Tamilnadu, New Delhi, Sage

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