Suggested Readings on Afghanistan, Kashmir, Nepal, and Sri Lanka


Biehl, Joao, and Ramah McKay. 2012. “Ethnography as Political Critique.” Anthropological Quarterly 85, no. 4: 1209–27. 

Coburn, Noah. 2011. Bazaar Politics: Power and Pottery in an Afghan Market Town. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press.

Coburn, Noah, and Anna Larson. March 2013. “Justifying the Means: Afghan Perceptions of the Electoral Process.” United States Institute of Peace.

Coll, Steve. 2004. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. New York: The Penguin Press.

Daulatzai, Anila. 2006. “Acknowledging Afghanistan: Notes and Queries on an Occupation.” Cultural Dynamics 18, no. 3: 293–311.

Devji, Faisal. 2008. The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics. New York: Columbia University Press.

Fischstein, Paul. November 2010. “Winning Hearts and Minds: The Relationship between Aid and Security in Afghanistan's Balkh Province.” Medford, Mass.: Feinstein International Center.

Larson, Anna. September 2009. “Toward an Afghan Democracy?: Exploring Perceptions of Democratisation in Afghanistan.” Kabul: Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit.

Menon, Meena. January 10, 2014. “Humanitarianism Is as Culpable as War.” The Hindu.

Monsutti, Alessandro. 2013. “Anthropologizing Afghanistan.” Annual Review of Anthropology 42: 269–85.

Suhrke, Astri. 2013. “Statebuilding in Afghanistan: A Contradictory Engagement.” Central Asian Survey 32, no. 3: 271–86.

Waldman, Matt. 2008. “Falling Short: Aid Effectiveness in Afghanistan.” ACBAR Advocacy Series. Kabul: ACBAR. 

Afghanistan Website

Costs of War Project


Ahmed, Firdaus. July 25, 2009. “Kargil: Ten Years On.” New Delhi: Institute of Peace And Conflict Studies.

Ali, Tariq, Hilal Bhatt, Angana P. Chatterji, Habbah Khatun, Pankaj Mishra, and Arundhati Roy, eds. 2011. Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. London: Verso.

Bhan, Mona. Counterinsurgency, Democracy, and the Politics of Identity in India: From Warfare to Welfare? New York: Routledge, 2013.

Bisaria, A. 2009. “Bill Clinton and The Kargil Conflict: From Crisis Management To Coercive Diplomacy.” WWS 547: The Conduct of International Diplomacy. 

Duschinski, Haley. 2009. “Destiny Effects: Militarization, State Power, and Punitive Containment in Kashmir Valley.” Anthropological Quarterly 82: 691–717.

International Crisis Group. June 3, 2010. “Steps towards Peace: Putting Kashmiris First.” Asia Briefing No. 106. New York: International Crisis Group.

Junaid, Mohamad. 2013. “Death and Life under Occupation: Space, Violence and Memory in Kashmir.” In Everyday Occupations: Experiencing Militarism in South Asia and the Middle East, edited by Kamela Visweswaran, 158–90. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Kabir, Ananya Jehanara. 2009. Territory of Desire: Representing the Valley of Kashmir. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Kak, Sanjay, ed. 2011. Until My Freedom Has Come: The New Intifada in Kashmir. New York: Penguin.

Kaul, Suvir. 2011. “An' You Will Fight, till the Death of It…’: Past and Present in the Challenge of Kashmir.” Social Research 78, no. 1: 173–202.

Manecksha, Freny. January 7, 2014. “Autonomy Under Siege.” Himal. Accessed January 18, 2014.

Peer, Basharat. 2010. Curfewed Night. New York: Scribner.

Rai, Mridu. 2004. Hindu Rulers, Muslim Subjects: Islam, Rights, and the History of Kashmir. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Robinson, Cabeiri. 2013. Body of Victim, Body of Warrior: Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Snedden, Christopher. 2012. The Untold Story of the People of Azad Kashmir. London: Hurst & Company.

Schofield, Victoria. 2003. Kashmir in Conflict: India, Pakistan and the Unfinished War. London; New York: I. B. Tauris.

Wilder, Andrew. 2010. “Aid and Stability in Pakistan: Lessons from the 2005 Earthquake Response.” Disasters 34: 406–26.


Govt Revises Conflict Toll.” September 21, 2009. Kathmandu Post.

Bertelsmann Transformation Index. 2014. Transformation Index 2014 Nepal Report. Gütersloh, Germany: Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Devkota, Surendra R. 2007. “Socio-economic Development in Nepal: Past Mistakes and Future Possibilities.” South Asia Economic Journal 8, no. 2: 285–315.

Gellner, David N. 2012. “Fluidity, Hybridity, Performativity: How Relevant are Social-Scientific Buzzwords for Nepal's Constitution-Building.” In, Ethnicity and Federalization in Nepal. Kathmandu: Tribhuvan University Central Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Hindman, Heather. Mediating the Global: Expatria's Forms and Consequences in Kathmandu. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2013.

Holmberg, David, Judith Pettigrew, and Mukta S. Tamang. 2008. “Views from the Field: Anthropological Perspectives on the Constituent Assembly Elections.” Baha Occasional Papers 2. Kathmandu: Social Science Baha.

International Crisis Group. September 29, 2010. “Nepal’s Political Rites of Passage.” Asia Report No. 194. New York: International Crisis Group.

International Crisis Group. August 27, 2012. “Nepal’s Constitution (I): Evolution not Revolution.” Asia Report No. 233. New York: International Crisis Group.

Kunreuther, Laura. 2009. “Between Love and Property: Voice, Sentiment, and Subjectivity in the Reform of Daughter's Inheritance in Nepal.” American Ethnologist 36, no. 3: 545–62. 

Lawoti, Mahendra, and Susan Hangen, eds. 2013. Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nepal: Identities and Mobilization after 1990. London: Routledge.

Lecomte-Tilouine, Marie, ed. 2013. Revolution in Nepal. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Leve, Lauren. 2009. “Women’s Empowerment and Rural Revolution: Rethinking ‘Failed Development.’” Dialectical Anthropology 33: 345–63.

Ogura, Kiyoko. 2008. Seeking State Power: The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). Berlin: Berghof Research Centre.

Pettigrew, Judith. 2013. Maoists at the Hearth: Everyday Life in Nepal’s Civil War. Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Robins, Simon. 2012. “Transitional Justice as an Elite Discourse: Human Rights Practice Where the Global Meets the Local in Post-conflict Nepal.” Critical Asian Studies 44, no. 1: 3–30.

Shah, Saubhagya. 2008. “Civil Society in Uncivil Places: Soft State and Regime Change in Nepal.” Washington: East–West Center.

Sharrock, James. 2013. “Stability in Transition: Development Perspectives in Local Politics.” European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 42: 9–38.

Shneiderman, Sara. 2013. “Developing a Culture of Marginality: Nepal’s Current Classificatory Moment.” Focaal—Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 65: 42–55.

Sijapati, Bandita and Amrita Limbu. 2012. Governing Labor Migration in Nepal. Kathmandu, Nepal: Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility. 

Snellinger, Amanda. November 19, 2013. “Two Votes Each.” Kathmandu Post.

Tamang, Seira, and Carmen Malena. 2011. “The Political Economy of Social Accountability in Nepal.” Kathmandu, Nepal: The World Bank.

Sri Lanka

Abeysekera, Charles, and Newton Gunasinghe, eds. 1987. Facets of Ethnicity in Sri Lanka. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Social Scientists Association.

Bastian, Sunil. 2007. The Politics of Foreign Aid in Sri Lanka: Promoting Markets and Supporting Peace. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Hoole, Rajan. 2001. Sri Lanka: The Arrogance of Power—Myths, Decadence and Murder. Colombo, Sri Lanka: University Teachers for Human Rights.

Hughes, Dhana. 2013. Violence, Torture, and Memory in Sri Lanka: Life after Terror. New York: Routledge.

International Crisis Group. October 15, 2008. “Sri Lanka's Eastern Province: Land, Development, Conflict.” Asia Report No. 159. New York: International Crisis Group.

International Crisis Group. March 16, 2012. “Sri Lanka's North II: Rebuilding Under the Military.” Asia Report No. 220. New York: International Crisis Group.

Ismail, Qadri. 2005. Abiding by Sri Lanka: On Peace, Place and Postcoloniality. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

McGilvray, Dennis, and Raheem, Mirak. 2007. “Muslim Perspectives on the Sri Lankan Conflict.” Washington: East–West Center.

Pradeep Jeganathan, and Qadri Ismail, eds. 1995. Unmaking the Nation. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Social Scientists’ Association.

Scott, David. 1999. Refashioning Futures: Criticism after Postcoloniality. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Spencer, Jonathan, ed. 1990. Sri Lanka: History and the Roots of Conflict. London: Routledge.

Thiranagama, Sharika. 2012. In My Mother’s House: Civil War in Sri Lanka. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Valentine, Daniel, E. 1996. Charred Lullabies: Chapters in an Anthropography of Violence. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Whitaker, Mark. 2006. Learning Politics from Sivaram: The Life and Death of a Tamil Revolutionary Journalist. London: Pluto Press.

Sri Lanka websites

The Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA)

The Collective for Economic Democratisation in Sri Lanka

The Friday ForumColombo Telegraph

The International Centre for Ethnic Studies

University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna)