Dr Anastasia Piliavsky
Anastasia Piliavsky holds degrees from Boston University and from Oxford, where she read anthropology as a Rhodes Scholar. She has worked in Russia and in Mongolia, but over the last decade her work has focused on the north Indian state of Rajasthan. Her doctoral work was about a 'caste of thieves' known as Kanjars. Since then, she has written on aspects of Indian politics, crime, and secrecy, publishing in Modern Asian Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and Cambridge Anthropology, among other journals. She is a co-Investigator in a collaborative study of democratic cultures and ‘muscular’ politics in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, funded by the British and European Research Councils. She is also the editor of Patronage as Politics in South Asia (CUP, 2014).
- 2014. Patronage as Politics in South Asia (ed). Cambridge University Press.
Chapters and articles
- 2015. The ‘Criminal Tribe’ in India before the British. Comparative Studies in Society & History 57/1.
- 2014. Introduction to Patronage as Politics in South Asia, edited by Anastasia Piliavsky. Cambridge University Press, 1-35.
- 2014. India’s Demotic Democracy and Its ‘Depravities’ in the Ethnographic Longue Durée. In Patronage as Politics in South Asia, edited by Anastasia Piliavsky. Cambridge University Press, 154-75.
- 2014. Against the Public Sphere: The Morals of Disclosure and the ‘Vernacular Public Sphere’ in Rural Rajasthan. In Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India, edited by Taberez Neyazi, Akio Tanabe et al. Routledge.
- 2013. Where is the Public Sphere? Political Communications and the Morality of Disclosure in Rural Rajasthan. Cambridge Anthropology, 31/2: 104-22.
- 2013. Borders without Borderlands: On the Social Reproduction of State Demarcation in Western India. Borderlands Lives in Northern South Asia, edited by David N. Gellner, 24-45. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
- 2013. Edmund R. Leach. In Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia, edited by Jon McGee & Richard L. Warms, ad loc. Sage.
- 2013. The Moghia Menace, or the Watch over Watchmen in British India. Modern Asian Studies, 47/3: 751-79.
- 2011. A Secret in the Oxford Sense: Thieves and the Rhetoric of Mystification in Western India Comparative Studies in Society & History, 53/2: 290-313.
- Edmund R. Leach. Kingship & Divinity, 1982 Frazer Lecture (ed). HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 1/1: 279-98.
- 2006. Secrets in the ‘Field’: The Antics of Researching Rajasthan’s Banditry. Edinburgh Papers in South Asian Studies, 21: 1-21.