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India in the World since 1947

National and Transnational Perspectives

Edited By Andreas Hilger and Corinna R. Unger

In recent years, India has become a favorite metaphor to describe developments and phenomena considered characteristic of globalization. Rapid economic and population growth, environmental degradation, geostrategic rivalries, mega cities, global cultural production: India has it all. A transnational perspective on the 65 years of India’s independence has much to offer and some to add to existing studies. The argument is based on the observation that India has a rich history of transnational connections and exchanges, and that it is important to contextualize India’s current developments in its transnational history. Much of what has been happening in the past twenty years has roots which reach back much farther. Only if we study India in the world since 1947 we can understand India in the world today and tomorrow.


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Sunil Bhatia is an associate professor of human development. His research examines how globalization and transnational migration have redefined the meaning of culture, identity, and acculturation in the field of cultural psychol- ogy. He has published over 25 articles and book chapters on issues related to self, immigrant identity, and cultural psychology. His publications include a book, American Karma: Race, Culture and Identity in the Indian Dias- pora (2007, New York University Press) and other articles, such as “Strategic subversions of the sacred: The cultural psychology of religious identities” (in press, Culture and Psychology) and “Darwin on race, gender, and culture” (2009, American Psychologist). Hans-Joachim Bieber is Professor Emeritus for Modern History at the Uni- versity of Kassel, Germany. Prior to his professorship, he was head of the plan- ning department of the University of Kassel and worked for the German Science Council. His research focuses on German social history, including the history of German Jews; history of globalization; history of the ‘nuclear age’; and the his- tory of German-Japanese cultural relations. Nicolas Blarel is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. His main areas of interest are International Relations and Comparative Politics, and he is particularly interested in security issues in South Asia. Jennifer Bussell is an Assistant Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research explores the political economy of corruption and reform in India. She received her Ph.D. in Political...

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