What is the role of research assistants in the production of ethnographic knowledge? "Coming to terms: Reinserting research assistants into ethnography’s past and present" Research assistants have long been central to ethnographic practice, yet the conventions of academic labor have left their roles under-stated and obscure. The implications, we opine, are both theoretical and practical.… Continue reading Fieldworkers

Engagements with Political Culture

I continue to write on various aspects of Indian political culture, mostly focused on the Darjeeling-Kalimpong Hills of West Bengal.  Recent publications include: AVA: ADD TITLE, IMAGE AND ABSTRACTS FOR THE FOLLOWING Articles Provincializing Bengal The Afterlives of a Killing "For more essays and articles on Public Culture in India, see "Writings" Page.

Darjeeling Reconsidered

Darjeeling occupies a special place in the South Asian imaginary. With its Himalayan vistas, lush tea gardens, and brisk mountain air, Darjeeling was the consummate colonial hill-station. The romance with the "queen of the hills" lives on, as thousands of tourists (domestic and international) annually flock to the hills to taste its world-renowned tea, soak… Continue reading Darjeeling Reconsidered

The Demands of Recognition

Since the British colonial period anthropology has been central to policy in India. But today, while the Indian state continues to use ethnography to govern, those who were the "objects" of study are harnessing disciplinary knowledge to redefine their communities, achieve greater prosperity, and secure political rights. In this groundbreaking study, Townsend Middleton tracks these… Continue reading The Demands of Recognition