An Anthropologist's View of India After Liberalization
a talk by Akhil Gupta
Monday, April 16th 2012
William James Hall 105
33 Kirkland Street
This lecture offers some anthropological reflections on India after liberalization. It argues that various components of the Indian economy and their interconnects explain why terms such as "neoliberalism" and "market friendly relations" are inadequate to describe what is happening in India today.
Akhil Gupta is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for India and South Asia (CISA) at UCLA. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University, his Master's in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and his Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems at Stanford University. He has taught at the University of Washington, Seattle (1987-89), and at Stanford University (1989-2006) before coming to UCLA. He is the author of Postcolonial Developments: Agriculture in the Making of Modern India (Duke Univ. Press, 1998), and editor of Culture, Power, Place (with James Ferguson; Duke Univ. Press, 1997), Anthropological Locations (with James Ferguson; Univ. of California Press, 1997), Caste and Outcast (Stanford Univ. Press, 2002), The Anthropology of the State (with Aradhana Sharma; Blackwell, 2006), and The State in India After Liberalization (with K. Sivaramakrishnan; Routledge, 2010). His forthcoming book, Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India will be published by Duke Univ. Press in May 2012. Professor Gupta is currently doing a long-term field project on call centers in Bangalore. His areas of interest are: Ethnography of information technology, the state and development, anthropology of food, environmental anthropology, animality, space and place, history of anthropology, applied anthropology; India and South Asia.