Department of Sociology

Society and Culture in South Asia


The Journal of the Department of Sociology


The disciplines of sociology and social anthropology have played an important role in the emergence of the social sciences and in the intellectual lives of the countries that make up South Asia. The South Asian region has not only been merely an area of study but has also produced spaces and scholars engaged in pursuit of Sociological and Anthropological research. While there are many journals that cover the fields of sociology, anthropology and South Asian studies, Society and Culture in South Asia which is produced in association with Sage India will provide a vital space for the emergence of South Asian perspective(s) in sociology and social anthropology as well as a critical space for interdisciplinary inquiry. The context for the journal can be articulated as following:

  • Sociology has invaded multiple disciplinary territories, blurring intellectual and academic boundaries. The ruptures have been used and responded to in recent scholarship in international sociology and social anthropology. In this regard, the journal offers the distinction of contemporariness. Within the larger framework of sociology of knowledge, broadly geared to investigate, peruse, and analyze contemporary forces that facilitate the construction of knowledge (plural), the journal will bring forth discourses of contemporary relevance.
  • Over the last half century or so, a vast body of knowledge(s) on the region has evolved within South Asia that mostly remains within the countries of their origin. We are acutely aware of the non-existence of regular and serious forums for South Asian scholarship in social sciences to showcase the region’s own research and thinking. The journal is a timely response to this phenomenon.
  • There have been peculiarities of the discipline, specific to the South Asian region, which has established close inter-relationships between sociology and social anthropology, history, cultural studies, archaeology and other related disciplines. The porousness of South Asian sociology is one of its most enduring strengths; recognizing this porousness, the journal is formulated as a forum for scholarship emerging from this context.
  • Lastly, there is a growing interest in the region all over the world that differs from orientations associated with the colonial ethnographic encounter and the post-colonial hang over. We expect this journal to be a small step to meet these challenges when intellectual spaces in South Asia are undergoing transformations and close intertwining with political, social and economic challenges in the region. Our ambitions for the journal exceed the notion of area studies. We hope this journal will enable rethinking of the ways sociology and anthropology are ‘done’. We especially encourage contributors with ambitions for promoting innovations in theoretical engagement, methodologies and critical empiricism and the craft of social sciences. The journal also encourages contributors who are developing creative ways of presenting new scholarship in text and visual formats that reflect the intellectual, theoretical, empirical and linguistic diversity of the subcontinent.

This journal is co-published by the Department of Sociology, South Asian University and Sage India

Disciplinary Dimensions


The disciplinary dimensions to which the journal responds to covers sociology and social anthropology in the main, and sociology of education, sociology of medicine, arts and aesthetics, cultural studies, sociology of mass media, sociology of law, urban studies and so on. However it will be open to contributions from other disciplines in the wider domains of social sciences and humanities in so far as they inform the disciplinary dimensions identified above.

The journal possesses an international character in two senses: regional internalism and trans-regional internationalism. On one level, it focuses on readership and contributions from the scholars of South Asian countries (SAARC countries) and on the other it will appeal to scholars beyond South Asia who exhibit intellectual interest in the discourses on and from South Asia. 

Format of the Journal

The journal publishes contributions, which partake in the larger ‘sociological’ discourse. Though the journal reflects interest in the formation and articulation of culture, articles which are based on the practical dimension of skills of producers of art will not be solicited. Instead, the journal will publish discussions on artistic features based on series of photographs/other visual artworks /theatre performances and so on which reflect ongoing sociological debates focused on the wider domains of society and culture.  

The journal will carry the following kinds of texts subject to the word limits identified within brackets: review essays and research papers (5000-8000 words); review articles (1000 words), opinions/debates (2000 words) and a photo-essay (visual-anthropological account subject to a maximum of 12 photos in colour or black and white preceded by brief contextualization (600 words).  

The journal is a biannual peer-reviewed publication, with two (approximately 124 pages) issues published per year.

Contributors should consult the style guide for further details. 

Selection of Contributions


Within the editorial policy outlined in this website, any scholar is free to submit a paper, book review, opinion or photo-essay to the journal. Once received and consequent to an initial review by the editorial board, the submissions will be sent for a formal peer review to a minimum of two reviewers drawn from the internal editorial advisory board or other external disciplinary experts identified by the editorial board. Usually, reviewers have six weeks to submit their recommendations. Once the recommendations are received, the Editor-in-Chief will submit the recommendations anonymously to the authors, who will be given a period of three weeks to make the necessary changes. If the changes are acceptable to the editorial board, the contributions would be deemed suitable for publication. If not, the contributions will be resent for further editing or rejected. 



The copyright of individual submissions will be with the individual authors. However, copyright of the collections in the journal will be with the Department of Sociology, South Asian University. Authors would be required to gain the written permission from the Department of Sociology by writing to the Chair of the Department if they intend to publish works elsewhere which have been already published in the  journal.

Editorial Board

  • Editor in Chief: Sasanka Perera (South Asian University, Department of Sociology)

  • Associate Editor: Ravi Kumar (South Asian University, Department of Sociology)

  • Reviews Editor: Dev Pathak (South Asian University, Department of Sociology)

  • Ankur Datta (South Asian University, Department of Sociology)

  • Kumud Bhansali, Editorial Assistant (South Asian University, Department of Sociology)

International Editorial Advisory Board

  • Gananath Obeysekere (Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University)

  • Roma Chatterji (Delhi School of Economics, New Delhi)

  • Radhika Chopra (Delhi School of Economics, New Delhi)

  • Maitrayee Chaudhuri (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

  • N. Jayaram (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai)

  • Chaitanya Mishra (Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu)

  • Siddharth Malavarappu (South Asian University)

  • Sujata Patel (Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad)

  • Tariq Jazeel (University of Sheffield, Sheffield)

  • Salima Hashmi (Beacon House National University, Lahore)

  • Jagath Weerasinghe (Post Graduate Institute of Archeology, Colombo)

  • Yoshiko Ashiwa (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo)

  • Bob Simpson (Durham University, Durham)

  • R.L. Stirrat (University of Sussex, Brighton)


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