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New Perspectives on Pakistan's Political Economy
State, Class and Social Change


Part of South Asia in the Social Sciences

Matthew McCartney, S. Akbar Zaidi, Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Aqil Shah, Afiya Shehrbano Zia, Adeem Suhail, Danish Khan, Rosita Armytage, Muhammad Ali Jan, Umair Javed, Hassan Javid, Farooq Sulehria
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  • Publication planned for: September 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108486552

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  • This volume makes a major intervention in the debates around the nature of the political economy of Pakistan, focusing on its contemporary social dynamics. This is the first comprehensive academic analysis of Pakistan's political economy after thirty-five years, and addresses issues of state, class and society, examining gender, the middle classes, the media, the bazaar economy, urban spaces and the new elite. The book goes beyond the contemporary obsession with terrorism and extremism, political Islam, and simple 'civilian–military relations', and looks at modern-day Pakistan through the lens of varied academic disciplines. It not only brings together new work by some emerging scholars but also formulates a new political economy for the country, reflecting the contemporary reality and diversification in the social sciences in Pakistan. The chapters dynamically and dialectically capture emergent processes and trends in framing Pakistan's political economy and invite scholars to engage with and move beyond these concerns and issues.

    • Framed as a response to the long-domination of thinking about Pakistan's state
    • Throws light on the changing nature of the social sciences and academic work on political economy with regard to Pakistan
    • Explicitly inter-disciplinary in focus, looking at themes from economics, politics, sociology, media studies, economic anthropology, women's studies and political science
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    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108486552
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Matthew McCartney and S. Akbar Zaidi
    Introduction Matthew McCartney and S. Akbar Zaidi
    1. In a desperate state: the social sciences and the overdeveloped state in Pakistan, 1950 to 1983 Matthew McCartney
    2. The overdeveloped Alavian legacy Aasim Sajjad Akhtar
    3. Institutions matter: the state, the military and social class Aqil Shah
    4. Class is dead but faith never dies: women, Islam and Pakistan Afiya Shehrbano Zia
    5. The amnesia of genesis Adeem Suhail
    6. The political economy of uneven state-spatiality in Pakistan: the interplay of space, class and institutions Danish Khan
    7. An evolving class structure? Pakistan's ruling classes and the implications for Pakistan's political economy Rosita Armytage
    8. The segmented 'rural elite': agrarian transformation and rural politics in Pakistani Punjab Muhammad Ali Jan
    9. Ascending the power structure: bazaar traders in urban Punjab Umair Javed
    10. Democracy and patronage in Pakistan Hassan Javid
    11. From overdeveloped state to Praetorian Pakistan: tracing the media's transformations Farooq Sulehria
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  • Editors

    Matthew McCartney, University of Oxford
    Matthew McCartney is Director of South Asian Studies and Associate Professor in the Political Economy and Human Development of India at the University of Oxford. His two most recent books are Economic Growth and Development: A Comparative Introduction (2015) and Pakistan: The Political Economy of Growth, Stagnation and the State, 1951–2008 (2009).

    S. Akbar Zaidi, Columbia University, New York
    S. Akbar Zaidi is Professor at Columbia University, New York, and is also an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. His most recent book is Issues in Pakistan's Economy: A Political Economy Perspective (3rd edition, 2015).


    Matthew McCartney, S. Akbar Zaidi, Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Aqil Shah, Afiya Shehrbano Zia, Adeem Suhail, Danish Khan, Rosita Armytage, Muhammad Ali Jan, Umair Javed, Hassan Javid, Farooq Sulehria

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