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Hansen, T.B (forthcoming) “Whose Public, Whose Authority? Reflections on the moral force of violence”, Modern Asian Studies. Special Issue entitled “The Politics of Order and Disturbance. Public Authority, sovereignty and Public Contestation in South Asia” Edited by Bart Klem and Bert Suykens.

Hansen T.B (forthcoming) ‘The state as an object of ethnographic inquiry’, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Special 50th Anniversary Issue.

Martin, N (forthcoming) Corruption and factionalism in contemporary Punjab: an ethnographic account from rural Malwa.  Modern Asian Studies. Special Issue entitled “The Politics of Order and Disturbance. Public Authority, sovereignty and Public Contestation in South Asia” Edited by Bart Klem and Bert Suykens

Martin, N (forthcoming) ‘Dalal’ in A. Ledeneva (ed.) The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality. London: UCL Press.

Martin, N. and Michelutti, L. (forthcoming) Protection rackets and party machines.  Comparative Ethnographies of ‘Mafia Raj’ in North India. Asian Journal of Social Science. Special Issue Spaces of Violence in Democracies. Edited by Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka and Eva Gerharz.

Michelutti, L (forthcoming). Caste and the Anthropology of Democracy. Contributions to Indian Sociology Special 50th Anniversary Issue.

Michelutti, L (forthcoming). The age of the boss. Seminar. Special entitled “India’s Democratic Authoritarianism” Edited by Kanchan Chandra.

Michelutti, Lucia (forthcoming). ‘Mafia Raj’, in A. Ledeneva (ed.)  The Global Encyclopedia of Informality. London: UCL Press.

Still, C. (forthcoming) ‘Dalit women, rape and the rise of patriarchy’ in S. Anandhi and Karin Kapadia (eds.). Dalit Women: The Politics and Metaphysics of Identity in India. New Delhi: Routledge


Gellner D, Pandey K, Chaturvedi S. (2017).  Understanding Modi’s magic — impressions from Eastern UP

Gellner D, Pandey K, Chaturvedi S. (2017).  How BJP won hearts & minds in UP

Harriss-White (2017). On Demonetisation. Madras Courier 

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Michelutti, L. (2017).'We are all Chavez'. Charisma as an embodied experience. Latin American Perspectives: a journal on capitalism and socialism. Vol. 44, Issue 1.


Adhikari, K and Gellner D. (2016). New Identity Politics and the 2012 Collapse of Nepal's Constituent Assembly: When the dominant becomes ‘other’.  Modern Asian Studies.  Vol 50, 06: 2009-2040

Picherit, D. (2016). Rural youth and circulating labour in South India: The tortuous paths towards respect for Madigas. Journal of Agrarian Change.

Piliavsky , A and T. Sbriccioli. (2016).  The ethics of efficacy in north India’s goonda raj (rule of toughs), with Tommaso Sbriccoli, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 22(2): 1-19.

Rollier, P. (2016). Vies de caïds et justice informelle à Lahore (Pakistan). L'Homme.  Nr 3:  219-220.

Ruud, A.E. (2016). Political Dynasty Formation in Bangladesh. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, V: 39: 2, Pg: 401-414.

Ruud, A.  E.  (2016). From Client to Supporter: Economic Change and the Slow Change of Social Identity in Rural West Bengal, In Kenneth Bo Nielsen; Geir Heierstad & Uday Chandra (ed.) The Politics of Caste in West Bengal.  Routledge.  

Ruud, A. E and Heirestad, G. (2016). India’s democracies: Diversity, Co-optation, Resistance.


Hansen, T. B. (2015). Communalism, Democracy and Indian Capitalism. Seminar. (New Delhi), Vol. 674, October 2015. Pp. 40-44.

Hoque, S. (2015). ‘Muslim men in Luton, UK: Eat First, Talk Later’. South Asia Research. Vol. 35(1): 1-22

Hoque, S. (2015). ‘Does the law work in a village like Gulapbari?: The University of Asia Pacific Journal of Law and Policy. Vol. 1, Issue 1 

Martin, N. (2015). Politics, Landlords and Islam in Pakistan, Delhi & London: Routledge.

Martin, N. (2015).  ‘Rural Elites and the Limits of Scheduled Caste Assertiveness in rural Malwa, Punjab. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 50, Issue 52, Dec 2015

Picherit, D. (2015). Everyday Life of a Dalit NGO and Agricultural Labour Union. Dalit Mobilisation and Factional Politics in Rural Andhra Pradesh. Economic and Political Weekly,Vol 50, Issue 52, Dec 2015

Picherit D. (2015). Caste, politics and development in Andhra Pradesh. In Mosse D. and Steur L. (Eds), Caste out of Development. The Cultural Politics of Identity and Economy in India and Beyond. London: Routledge.

Picherit D. (2015). When microfinance collapses: Development and politics in Andhra Pradesh, South India. In Guérin I., Labie M. and Servet J.M. (Eds.), The Crises of Microcredit, London: Zed Books.

Piliavsky, A. 2015.  The ‘criminal tribe’ in India before the British. Comparative Studies in Society & History 57(2): 323-54.

Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2015). A Foreigner in Kuakata. Dhaka Tribune.

Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2015). Five scenarios for Bangladesh. Dhaka Tribune.

Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2015). Modi in the Middle. Dhaka Tribune.

Still, C. 2015. 2015. ‘Comparing Race and Caste’ (a discussion of ‘A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste, and Difference in India and the United States’ by Gyanendra Pandey). Anthropology of this Century. Issue 12, January 2015.


Gellner, D. (2014).The 2013 Elections in Nepal. Asian Affairs, Vol 45, 2: 243-261

Hoque, A. and Michelutti, L. (2014). ‘Brushing with Organized Crime. Jugaad as Democracy’, working paper presented at South Asia Conference, Madison, October 2014.

Martin, N. (2014). ‘The Dark Side of Patronage in the Pakistani Punjab,’ in A. Piliavski (ed) Patronage as the Politics of South Asia, Delhi: CUP

Michelutti, L and Heath, O. (2014). Cooperation and distrust: identity politics and Yadav-Muslim relations in Uttar Pradesh, 1999-2009. In Jeffery, R., Lerche, J., Jeffrey, C. (eds.), Development Failure and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh. New Delhi: Sage.

Michelutti, L. (2014). ‘Kingship without kings’, in A. Piliavsky (ed.), Patronage as Politics in South Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Picherit D.(2014). Mano de obra, deuda y poder en áreas rurales de la India: perspectivas acerca del sobreendeudamiento y la protección. Desacatos, Revista de Anthropologia Social, 44.

Picherit D. (2014). Neither a dog nor a beggar: seasonal labour migration, development, and poverty in Andhra Pradesh. In Gooptu, Nandini and Parry, Jonathan P. (Eds), Persistence of Poverty in India, New Delhi: Social Sciences Press, pp. 261-290.

Piliavsky A. (2014) (ed.) , Patronage as Politics in South Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rollier, P. and J.W. Frembgen. (2014). Wrestlers, pigeon fanciers and kite flyers: traditional sports and pastimes in Lahore. Karachi: Oxford University Press

Ruud, A. E. (2014). Notions of Rights and State Benefits in Village West Bengal. Delhi: Social Science Press.  

Ruud, A. E. (2014). The Political Bully in Bangladesh, In Anastasia Piliavsky (ed.),  Patronage as Politics in South Asia.  Cambridge University Press.

Ruud, A. E. (2014). Hoping for a strong Modi. Dhaka Tribune.

Ruud, A. E. (2014). Strength and Vulnerability. Dhaka Tribune.

Ruud, A. E. (2014). The People that aren't. Dhaka Tribune.

Still, C. (2014). 'Dalit women: Honour and Patriarchy in South India'. Delhi: Social Science Press.


Martin, N. (2013). ‘Class, Patronage and Coercion in the Pakistani Punjab and in Swat,’ in M. Marsden and B. Hopkins (eds) Beyond Swat: History, Society and Economy along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier, Columbia/Hurst.

Martin, N. (2013). ‘The Dark Side of Political Society: Patronage and the Reproduction of Social Inequality.’ Journal of Agrarian Change.

Michelutti, L. (2013). Divine Kinship and Politics. (Edited with Alice Forbess). Special Issue of Focaal, Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, Winter 2013. Vol. 67

Michelutti, L. (2013). Sons of Krishna and Sons of Bolivar. Charismatic kinship and leadership across India and Venezuela. Focaal - Journal of Historical and Global Anthropology, Winter 2013, Vol. 67

Michelutti, L. (2013). Post-secularity and political hope in 21st Century Socialism. In Thomas Murh (ed), Counter-Globalization and Socialism in the 21st Century, The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America. London: Routledge

Michelutti, L and  Oliver Heath (2013). The politics of entitlement: affirmative action and strategic voting in Uttar Pradesh, India. Focaal - Journal of Historical and Global Anthropology, Spring 2013, Vol. 65

Picherit D. (2013). Protection and over- indebtedness in rural South India. The case of labour migrants of Andhra Pradesh. In Guérin Isabelle and Magdalena Villareal (Eds), Microfinance, debt and over-indebtedness. Juggling with Money. London: Routledge, pp. 151-169.