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Society and Culture in South Asia

Society and Culture in South Asia

Published in Association with South Asian University, New Delhi

Sasanka Perera Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi, India

eISSN: 23949872 | ISSN: 23938617 | Current volume: 5 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-annually
Call for Papers

The disciplinary dimensions to which the journal responds to covers sociology and social anthropology in the main, and sociology of education, sociology of medicine, arts and aesthetics, cultural studies, sociology of mass media, sociology of law, urban studies and so on. However it will be open to contributions from other disciplines in the wider domains of social sciences and humanities in so far as they inform the disciplinary dimensions identified above.

The journal possesses an international character in two senses: regional internalism and trans-regional internationalism. On one level, it focuses on readership and contributions from the scholars of South Asian countries (SAARC countries) and on the other it will appeal to scholars beyond South Asia who exhibit intellectual interest in the discourses on and from South Asia.

The journal publishes contributions, which partake in the larger ‘sociological’ discourse. Though the journal reflects interest in the formation and articulation of culture, articles which are based on the practical dimension of skills of producers of art will not be solicited. Instead, the journal will publish discussions on artistic features based on series of photographs/other visual artworks /theatre performances and so on which reflect ongoing sociological debates focused on the wider domains of society and culture.

The journal will carry the following kinds of texts subject to the word limits identified within brackets: review essays and research papers (5000-8000 words); review articles (1000 words), opinions/debates (2000 words) and a photo-essay (visual-anthropological account subject to a maximum of 12 photos in colour or black and white preceded by brief contextualization (600 words).

The journal is a biannual peer-reviewed publication, with two (approximately 124 pages) issues published per year.

Contributors should consult the style guide for further details.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Society and Culture in South Asia is a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles in the fields of sociology, social anthropology in the main, and sociology of education, sociology of medicine, arts and aesthetics, cultural studies, sociology of mass media, sociology of law, urban studies inter alia. Journal is open to other related disciplines to maintain an interdisciplinary thrust, within the ambit of sociology of knowledge. The Journal would publish the research papers, review-essays, debates, in the temperament of qualitative sociology.

Sasanka Perera Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi, India
Associate Editor
Ravi Kumar Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi, India
Reviews Editor
Dev Pathak Faculty, Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi
General Editor
Ankur Datta Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi, India
Editorial Assistants
Anakshi Pal (General Administration) South Asian University, New Delhi, India
Mumitha Madhu (Outreach and Reviews) South Asian University, New Delhi, India
International Editorial Advisory Board
Roma Chatterji Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India
Salima Hashmi Beacon House National University, Lahore, Pakistan
N Jayaram Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
Tariq Jazeel University College London, UK
Gananath Obeyesekere Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA
Sujata Patel Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad, India
Jagath Weerasinghe Post Graduate Institute of Archeology, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Maithree Wickramasinghe University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
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  • Submission

    • All submissions must be submitted via email as an MS Word attachment and should be formatted according to the specifications and guidelines outlined in this document, and sent to the following email address:
    • Authors need to assign copyright for their essays and images to South Asian University prior to publication. A copyright assignment form will be sent by the editor of the journal at the time a submission has been cleared for publication.

    Basic formatting of manuscripts

    • The first page of all essays and reviews need to display the title of the submission along with the full name, institutional affiliations of the author(s) and contact details (complete postal and email addresses and telephone and mobile numbers).
    • In addition, please indicate on this page the total word count, inclusive of footnotes and references. No other information should appear on this page.
    • Please do not number this page.
    • The second page of the essay needs to provide the complete title of the essay accompanied by a brief abstract (in 150–200 words). This condition does not apply to review articles less than 1000 words. No other information should be placed on this page. This page should be considered the first page of the submission, and should be paginated accordingly.
    • All essays should be typed using the font Times New Roman point 12 double spaced. This condition also applies to the extended quotations and references as well.
    • The main title should be in Times New Roman point 14 and in bold and centered.
    • All subheadings should be bold and aligned to the left.
    • All essays should have margins of 2 cms on all sides.
    • Abbreviations (e.g., etc., i.e.) should only be used in parenthetical comments and not in the text itself. Within the text, they should be spelt out, for example, ‘et cetera’ and ‘that is.’
    • Acronyms including those in common use should be spelled out at first occurrence, with the abbreviation following in parenthesis, for example World Trade Organization (WTO).
    • The following conventions should be used when using hyphens, en dash, em dash:
      - Use hyphens (-) to create compound words and to break a word across lines
      - Use an en dash (–) for a range of numbers e.g. 75­–80
      - Use an em dash (—) to mark an explanatory element in a sentence.
    • Italics should be used for non-English words, which are not found in the standard English dictionary or are otherwise uncommon. Translations of foreign words within parentheses are not to be italicised. Italics also should be sued book titles and journal names, and less frequently for emphasis.
    • The following conventions are to be used when using capital letters:
      - In general, capital letters should only be used for place names, personal names and at the beginning of sentences.
      - In the main title, the first letter in all words should be a capital.
      - In subheadings including the reference section, only the first letter of the first word should be in capitals, and the remainder would be governed by convections already outlined.

    Book Reviews

    • All book reviews must contain the name of the author and the title of the book reviewed, place of publication and name of publisher, year of publication, number of pages, ISBN number and price.


    • All images submitted (for photo essays as well as other submissions), must be at least 400 DPI and 1500 pixels in terms of resolution and in .jpg format. If it is not possible to email large images, please copy them on to a CD, and mail it to the following postal address: The Editor in Chief, Department of Sociology, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021, India.
    • Except in the case of photo essays, all images would usually be published in black and white except on rare occasions at the discretion of the Editor in Chief, and depending on the requirements of a specific submission.

    Spelling and numerical usages

    • Use standard British spelling throughout (eg., ‘labour’ and not ‘labor’, ‘centre’ and not ‘center’, ‘organise’ and not ‘organize’).The following conventions should be adhered to as well: please use ‘thirteenth’ instead of ‘13th century’; use ‘1960s’ instead of ‘nineteen sixties’; spell out numbers from one to nine but from 10 and above, the usage should be numerical; in measurements, please use the following conventions: 5 kms, 20 l etc; please use thousands and millions instead of ‘lakhs’ and ‘crores’.

    Quotations, Footnotes, and Tables and Figures

    • Use single quotation marks for quotations within a given paragraph, and if needed, please use italics within quotations for emphases. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed.
    • Place end quotation marks before comma or full stop.
    • If a quotation exceeds 45 words, it should be separated from the main text with one line space above and below, and indented on the left and right margins by 1 CM.
    • Tables and figures should be placed within the text and clearly identified as ‘Table 1’ or ‘Figure 1’ and accompanied by necessary directions within brackets when needed (eg., ‘see Table1/ see Figure 1’). Please provide appropriate captions.
    • However, please note that the production processes might necessitate the placement of tables and figures separately at the end of the essay, which will be at the discretion of the Editor in Chief.· Footnotes should be used instead of endnotes, and should be numbered serially using standard figures (eg., 1, 2, 3). The font should be Calibri point 8. However, footnotes should be used only when absolutely necessary to elaborate an issue that is already made in the main text.

    References within the text

    • References within the text should be placed in parentheses (eg., Gupta 2013: 145).
    • If more than one publication by the same author is referred to, then the items should be presented in chronological order (eg., Marx 1952, 1957).
    • To distinguish between different works by the same author in the same year, use the letters a, b, c etc in chronological order (eg., Smith 1995a, 1995b).
    • For groups of citations, order alphabetically and not chronologically, using a semi-colon to separate names (eg., Ahmed 1987: 125; Sarkar 1987: 145; Wignaraja 1960: 62).
    • Use ‘et al.’ when citing a work by more than two authors within the text, but list all the authors in the reference section.
    • For quotations, please provide page numbers of the original source.
    • All works cited in the text (including sources for tables, graphs, figures and maps) should be listed in the reference section at the very end of the essay.


    • References should be at the very end of the essay or review.
    • In the reference section s, all items should be listed in alphabetical order, giving the author’s surname first followed by initials. If more than one publication by the same author is listed, the items should be presented in chronological order; for different works by the same author in the same year, use the letters a, b, c, etc.
    • When listing two or more works by the same author, repeat the author’s name for each entry.
    • For multi-authored works, invert the name of the first author only (eg., Smith, W. and G. Jones).
    • Books (single author): Caldeira, T. P. R. 2000. City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo. Berkeley: University of California Press.
    • Books (multiple authors): Marcus, G and M.M.J. Fischer. 1986. Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
    • Book chapters: Donninger, C. 1986. ‘Is It Always Efficient to Be Nice? A Computer Simulation of Axelrod’s Computer Tournament,’ in A. Diekmann and P. Mitter (eds.,) Paradoxical Effects of Social Behavior. Heidelberg: Physica-Werlag, 123–34.
    • Journal articles: Kapoor, Geetha. 1993. ‘When was Modernism in Indian/Third World Art?’ South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol. 92 (3):23-48.
      (The same general conventions can be adopted when presenting references for materials from newspapers or magazines).
    • Books in other languages: Qidwai, B. A. 1980. Azadi ki Chhaon Mein [In Freedom’s Shadow]. Delhi: National Book Trust.
    • Translations: de Certeau, M. 2002. The Practice of Everyday Life. Translated by Steven F. Rendall. Berkeley: University of California Press
    • Reference of an essay from a website or other internet source: Wickrema, A and P. Colenso. 2003, March. Respect for Diversity in Educational Publication - The Sri Lankan Experience. (Last accessed on 10 March 2012).
    • Reference of an unpublished source with a date and an author: Subramaniam, S.K.N. 2003. Politics of Sacred Space in Hindu Kovils in Northern Sri Lanka: A Sociological Analysis. PhD dissertation submitted to the Department of Sociology. Jaffna: University of Jaffna.
    • Reference of an unpublished source without a date but with and author: Islam, A. F. Date unavailable. Sufi Music in Northern India. Unpublished manuscript.
    • Reference of a published source without a date: Samarasinghe, S.M. Date unavailable. Sinhala Verse Forms. Kandy: Sri Ram Press.
    • Reference of sources where publication date, the press and the city of publication are missing: Samarasinghe, S.M. Date unavailable. Sinhala Verse Forms. Publication information unavailable.
    • Reference of an audio track from a published source (eg., audio tapes and compact discs): Khann, Bismillah. 2011. ‘Raga Kedar.’ In, Instrumentalists of India. Mumbai: Sony Music.

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