State and Subject Formation in South Asia

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Pub. Date: 2023-01-03
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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Author Biography

Amen Jaffer,Mashal Saif

Amen Jaffer is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research focuses on the sociality of urban life in Pakistan by examining the interconnections between social, religious, and cultural dimensions of Sufi shrines, the politics around infrastructure in mohallas, and the social economy of recycling waste in Lahore. He is currently preparing a manuscript for publication that is provisionally titled, Making Islam Real: Everyday Life in Pakistan's Urban Sufi Shrines. He was invited as a Visiting Scholar to École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in 2021 and was a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study's (Princeton) Summer Programme in the Social Science in 20182019.

Mashal Saif is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Clemson University, US. Dr Saifs research interests include Islam in contemporary South Asia; ulema and madrasas; the trans-temporal dynamics between medieval and modern Islamic discourses; contemporary Muslim political theology; and the anthropology of the state. Her first monograph, TheUlama in Contemporary Pakistan: Contesting and Cultivating an Islamic Republic, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2020. She has also published an array of articles and book chapters. In 2021 she was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. She is currently working on her second monograph, tentatively titled, Traditional Islam and Modernity in Pakistan: An Intimate Account.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Mapping State-Society Relations in Pakistan and Beyond
Amen Jaffer and Mashal Saif

1. Governmentality and its Political Consequences
Partha Chatterjee

2. Tribal Governmentality: Patronage and the Production of Tribal Subjects in Balochistan
Saifullah Nasar

3. Governance of Society or Self? Postcolonial Foucault and the Singur Movement in India
Dhritiman Chakraborty

4. Fabricated Identities: Legal Identity Construction of the Third Gender in Pakistan
Azfar Nisar

5. Dispositifs of (Dis)Order: Gangs, Governmentality, and the Policing of Lyari, Pakistan
Adeem Suhail

6. Together Without Consensus: Liberal Governmentality, Political Modernity, and Class Politics in the Lawyers Movement (20072009) in Pakistan
Salman Hussain

7. The Judiciary as an Ideological State Apparatus for Controlled Democracy: Critique of Contemporary Legalism in Pakistan
Muhammad Azeem

8. How Long Is Life? Neoliberalism and Islamic Piety
Humeira Iqtidar

9. The Subject of Development: Foucault, History, and Mass Housing Under the Ayub Khan Regime
Markus Daechsel

10. Postcolonial Autonomous Zones: Urban Spaces of Opposition to Authoritarian Rule in Lahore and Delhi during the Ziaul Haq and Indira Gandhi Regimes
Kristin Plys

List of Contributors

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