HDS 3529

Work and Religion in Modern South Asia

Parimal Patil


This course will explore the everyday lives, politics, and theologies of working-class persons in modern South Asia. The course will examine contemporary debates on globalization, development, and precarity; workers' experiences of factory work, informality, and agitations; and workers' religious practices and theological visions. Core concerns of the course will include inquiries into the appropriate categories for understanding workers' lives and visions, and the possibilities for autonomous, nonviolent politics among working-class people in South Asia. The course will draw upon a range of sources, including ethnographies, oral histories, epics, novels, and Hindi cinema.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as South Asian Studies 196


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Mon Wed 12pm-1pm
FAS 1 Bow Street Room 330

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Hindu Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • South Asian Religious Traditions
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Hinduism
  • South Asian Religions
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None