Introduction: Reconsidering the Region in India: Mobilities, Actors and Development Politics

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Journal Articles


Journal of South Asian Development, Volume 12 , Issue 2 , p.89-111 (2017)



development politics, Indian regions, mobilities, Regionalism


In this introduction to a special issue on ‘Reconsidering the Region in India’, we aim to develop a synthetic and theoretically nuanced account of the multifarious ways in which the idea of region has been imbricated in diverse spatial, political, cultural and socio-economic configurations. We draw from various bodies of anthropological, geographic and historical literature to elaborate on three themes that we believe are central to understanding contemporary processes of region-making in India: trans-regional mobilities and connections; the actors who produce and perform regional imaginaries; and changing regional politics of development.