Shah, Alpa

Dr Alpa Shah  

Department

Position held

Associate Professor (Reader) in Anthropology

 

Experience keywords:

agrarian transitions and labour; caste and class; ethnicity,; indigeneity; inequality and poverty; political and economic anthropology; the state, citizenship and revolutionary struggle

Countries and regions to which research relates:

India; Nepal; South Asia

Languages:

Gujarati [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Basic]; Hindi [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Basic]

Media experience:

Radio

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

0207 395 0065

LSE email:

a.m.shah@lse.ac.uk

Publications

2017

Shah, Alpa and Lerche, Jens and Axelby, Richard and Benbabaali, Dalel and Donegan, Brendan and Jayaseelan, Raj and Vikramditya, Thakur (2017) Ground down by growth: tribe, caste, class and inequality in 21st century India Pluto Press, London, UK. ISBN 9780745337685

Shah, Alpa (2017) Humaneness and contradictions: India’s Maoist-inspired Naxalites Economic and Political Weekly, 52 (21). ISSN 0012-9976

Shah, Alpa and Jain, Dhruv (2017) Naxalbari at its Golden Jubilee: Fifty recent books on the Maoist movement in India Modern Asian Studies.

Shah, Alpa (2017) Ethnography? Participant observation, a potentially revolutionary praxis HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 7 (1). 1-15. ISSN 2049-1115

2015

Ismail, Feyzi and Shah, Alpa (2015) Class struggle, the Maoists and the indigenous question in Nepal and India Economic & Political Weekly, L (35). 112-123. ISSN 2349-8846

2014

Shah, Alpa (2014) Religion and the secular left: subaltern studies, birsa munda and maosits Anthropology of This Century (1 Jan 2014) Website

Corbridge, Stuart and Shah, Alpa (2014) The underbelly of the Indian boom South Asia @ LSE (10 Sep 2014) Blog entry

Shah, Alpa (2014) ‘The muck of the past’: revolution, social transformation, and the Maoists in India Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 20 (2). 337-356. ISSN 1359-0987

Bates, Crispin and Shah, Alpa, eds (2014) Savage attack: tribal insurgency in India Social Science Press, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9788187358695

2013

Shah, Alpa and Shneiderman, Sara (2013) The practices, policies, and politics of transforming inequality in South Asia: ethnographies of affirmative action Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, 65. ISSN 0920-1297

Higham, Rob and Shah, Alpa (2013) Affirmative action and political economic transformations: secondary education, indigenous people, and the state in Jharkhand, India Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, 65. ISSN 0920-1297

Shah, Alpa (2013) The anti-politics of 'Declarations of dependence' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 19 (2). 254-255. ISSN 1359-0987

Corbridge, Stuart and Shah, Alpa (ed.) (2013) Introduction to the special edition: the underbelly of the Indian boom. Economy and Society, 42 (3). 335-347. ISSN 0308-5147

Shah, Alpa (2013) Response to Nandini Sundar's response to 'the tensions over citizenship in a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary situation: the Maoists in India' Critique of Anthropology, 33 (4). 476-479. ISSN 0308-275X

Shah, Alpa (2013) The intimacy of insurgency: beyond coercion, greed, or grievance in Maoist India. In a Special Issue edited by Stuart Corbridge and Alpa Shah. Economy and Society, 42 (3). 480-506. ISSN 0308-5147

Shah, Alpa (2013) Why India’s poverty alleviation programmes don’t work South Asia @ LSE (20 Feb 2013) blog

Shah, Alpa (2013) The agrarian question in a maoist guerrilla zone: land, labour and capital in the forests and hills of Jharkhand, India Journal of Agrarian Change, 13 (3). 425-450. ISSN 1471-0358

Lerche, Jens and Shah, Alpa and Harriss-White, Barbara (2013) Introduction: agrarian questions and left politics in India Journal of Agrarian Change, 13 (3). 337-350. ISSN 1471-0358

Shah, Alpa (2013) The tensions over liberal citizenship in a Marxist revolutionary situation: the Maoists in India Critique of Anthropology, 33 (1). 91-109. ISSN 0308-275X

Higham, Rob and Shah, Alpa (2013) Conservative force or contradictory resource?: education and affirmative action in Jharkhand, India Compare: a Journal of Comparative and International Education, 43 (6). 718-739. ISSN 0305-7925

2012

Shah, Alpa (2012) Eco-incarceration?: 'Walking with the Comrades' Economic and Political Weekly, XLVII (21). 32-34. ISSN 0012-9976

Shah, Alpa (2012) Éliminer la classe, la caste et l’indigénéité dans l’Inde maoïste Terrain: Revue d'ethnologie de L'europe (58). 64-81. ISSN 1777-5450

2011

Shah, Alpa (2011) India burning: the maoist movement In: Clark-Decès, Isabelle, (ed.) A Companion to the Anthropology of India. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK, 332-352. ISBN 9781405198929

Shah, Alpa and Harriss-White, Barbara (2011) Resurrecting scholarship on agrarian studies in India Economic and Political Weekly, XLVI (39). 13-18. ISSN 0012-9976

Shah, Alpa and Pettigrew, Judith (2011) Windows into a revolution: ethnographies of maoism in India and Nepal Social Science Press, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9788187358497

Shah, Alpa (2011) In search of certainty in revolutionary India In: Pettigrew, Judith, (ed.) Windows Into a Revolution: Ethnographies of Maoism in India and Nepal. Social Science Press, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9788187358497

D' Mello, Bernard and Shah, Alpa (2011) Preface In: Vanden, Harry E. and Becker, Mark, (eds.) José Carlos Mariátegui: an Anthology. Monthly Review Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9781583672464

Shah, Alpa (2011) Alcoholics Anonymous: the Maoist movement in Jharkhand, India Modern Asian Studies, 45 (05). 1095-1117. ISSN 1469-8099

2010

Shah, Alpa (2010) In the shadows of the state: indigenous politics, environmentalism, and insurgency in Jharkhand, India Duke University Press Books, Durham, USA. ISBN 9780822347651

2009

Shah, Alpa (2009) Corruption: insights into combating corruption in rural development In: Sykes, Karen Margaret, (ed.) Ethnographies of Moral Reasoning: Living Paradoxes of a Global Age. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA, 117-138. ISBN 9780230609815

Shah, Alpa (2009) Brick kiln workers from Jharkhand: the labour of love In: Deshingkar, Priya and Farrington, John, (eds.) Circular Migration and Multi Locational Livelihoods Strategies in Rural India. Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 177-201. ISBN 9780195699227

Shah, Alpa and Pettigrew, Judith (2009) Windows into a revolution: ethnographies of Maoism in South Asia Dialectical Anthropology, 33 (3-4). 225-251. ISSN 0304-4092

Shah, Alpa (2009) Morality, corruption and the state: insights from Jharkhand, Eastern India Journal of Development Studies, 45 (3). 295-313. ISSN 0022-0388

2008

Shah, Alpa (2008) Keeping the state away: democracy, politics and imaginations of the state in India’s Jharkhand In: Skoda, Uwe and Guzy, Lidia, (eds.) Power Plays. Indo-European Studies in Politics and Society. Weissensee Verlag, Berlin, Germany. ISBN 9783899981421

2007

Shah, Alpa (2007) Markets of protection: the maoist communist centre and the state in Jharkhand, India In: Pratten, David and Sen, Atreyee, (eds.) Global Vigilantes. Hurst and Company, London, UK, 291-318. ISBN 9781850658382

Shah, Alpa (2007) Keeping the state away: democracy, politics and imaginations of the state in India’s Jharkhand Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 13 (1). 129-145. ISSN 0307-3114

2006

Shah, Alpa (2006) Introduction: a double-edged sword: protection and state violence Critique of Anthropology, 26 (3). 251-257. ISSN 0308-275X

Shah, Alpa (2006) Markets of protection: the 'terrorist' maoist movement and the state in Jharkhand, India Critique of Anthropology, 26 (3). 297-314. ISSN 0308-275X

Shah, Alpa (2006) The labour of love: seasonal migration from Jharkhand to the brick kilns of other states in India Contributions to Indian Sociology, 40 (1). 91-118. ISSN 0069-9659

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