Tulika's new titles

Tulika- the well-known publishers of scholarly and academic books with a broad left and democratic perspective in the humanities and the social sciences- have two new titles out this month, and to celebrate, Scholars is offering FREE SHIPPING on ALL their books this month. More on that later, first about the books.

Jeemol Unni and Uma Rani, economists (in Ahmedabad and Ge
neva, respectively) are the authors of Flexibility of Labour in Globalizing India: The Challenge of Skills and Technology. "The focus of the book is on how workers and small enterprises in India fare when faced with the processes of globalization and liberalization. While most discussions on globalization stop with the impact of the opening-up of the economy on large enterprises and workers in them, here the authors try to tell the story of what happens to workers and enterprises at the bottom of the pyramid.

Among the key questions raised in this study about the experience of Indian development since the onset of economic reforms in 1991, three are especially worthy of reflection. First, the difficulty of a dualistic notion and the limitation of the notion of informal sector: while there has been a growth in labour informalization and production in small-scale units, much of the informal labour is in or around large-scale producers. As a result, India has actually created a highly flexibl
e labour system. Second, the issue of outsourcing of jobs which has excited comment around the world: while there is an international re-division of labour taking place, the general equlibrium dynamics of this process defy easy description. Third, the limitations in the conventional analysis of the links between educational skills and economic performance: while the commercialization of education is a matter of serious concern, it is not necessarily correct to presume that formal schooling is an adequate proxy for the possession of skills in workers.

Globalization is primarily about the steady growth of economic liberalization around the world, and the drift to a market society in which privatization and commercialization of social policies have followed the process in economic sectors. One of the apparent consequences is a remarkable growth of various forms of economic inequality and insecurity. This book considers a wide range of economic explanations for the increasing wage gap in a globalizing India in a way that will fascinate scholars for years to come."

In our Economics and Development Studies Sections, Rs 425. Hardcover, 226 pages, ISBN: 978-81-89487-39-3

The second title is a collection of essays on the history of Andhra Pradesh, Early Historic Andhra Pradesh 500BC-624AD, edited by I K Sarma. This is the second volume in the Comprehensive History and Culture of Andhra Pradesh series and describes "a period in Andhra Pradesh that witnessed tremendous flux in all spheres of human activity, marked by processes of contestation, accommodation and acculturation. It was also an age that saw the evolution of religions and religious practices on the basis of an understanding – shared by the royalty and commoners alike – of religion as a necessary social institution for peaceful coexistence and as a driving force of emerging state formations.

The essays in this volume present the findings of research studies undertaken since 1960 – when the notable volume, The Early History of Deccan, edited by Gulam Yazdani, appeared – on the political, social and cultural history of the region. There are essays on the various ruling dynasties that reigned over Andhradesa in the Early Historic period, which included the Satavahanas, Ikshvakus, Brihatphalayanas, Salankayanas, Anandas, Vishnukundins, Early Pallavas, Matharas, Pitribhaktas, Vasishthas and Eastern Gangas. A long essay on religion, based on the latest evidence yielded by the excavation of historical sites, discusses the spread of Buddhism, the contributions of Buddhist philosophers such as Nagarjunacharya and Buddhaghosa, and the impact of Buddhism on art and architecture as seen at the sites of Amaravati and Nagarjunakonda; the presence and spread of Jainism; and the emergence of the Vedic brahmanical religion and the process of Sanskritization. Other subjects covered in the volume include language, literature and script; coinage and currency systems; art, architecture and iconography; evolution of the polity and the nature of the state; historical geography and cultural map of the region."

In our Tulika section, Rs 620. 328 pages, ISBN: 978-81-89487-37-9.

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