Dr Navtej K Purewal
BA (Vassar College), MA (SOAS, London), PhD (Lancaster)
Deputy Director, SOAS South Asia Institute
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
- Dr Navtej K Purewal
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Navtej Purewal completed a BA in Political Science in 1991 from Vassar College and then came to SOAS where she did the MA South Asian Area Studies in 1992. She went on to do her doctoral studies in Development Studies from Lancaster University from where she received her PhD in 1998.
Purewal is a social scientist who refers to issues, debates and literature which cross both spatial and disciplinary boundaries. Her most recent areas of focus are in the sociology of religion and gender and culture in South Asia. However, she also has a regional interest in Punjab and will continue to develop this specialism at SOAS through her teaching and research.
Navtej Purewal was the principal investigator on a large project under the Religion and Society programme (AHRC and ESRC) on popular religious practices and contemporary transgressions of religious boundaries in South Asia focusing specifically on the region of Punjab in both India and Pakistan.
Purewal has an ongoing interest in feminist scholarship and activism and has published and taught on topics relating to gender justice in South Asia including education and sex selection.
- Contemporary India: Issues, Methods and Approaches
- Contemporary Punjab: Society and Culture across Borders
PhD Students supervised
- Anisha Thomas, Questions of Consent and Coercion: Understanding Sexual Assault Trials in India
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Kalra, S.S. and Purewal, N.K. and with Tyson-Ward, S. (2011) Complete Panjabi with Surjit S. Kalra, Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd., London. ISBN 0 3408 7085 0. Fourth edition. London: Hodder and Stoughton. (Teach Yourself)
Purewal, Navtej K. (2010) Son Preference: Sex Selection, Gender and Culture in South Asia. Oxford: Berg.
Purewal, Navtej (2000) Living on the Margins: Poverty, Social Access and Shelter in South Asia. Ashgate.
Kalra, Virinder S. and Ibad, Umber and Purewal, Navtej (2013) 'Diasporic Shrines: Transnational Networks linking South Asia through Pilgrimage and Welfare Development.' In: Yong, Tan Tai and Rahman, M.M. , (eds.), Diaspora Engagement and Development in South Asia. Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan.
Purewal, Navtej K. and Lallie, Harjinder S. (2013) 'Sikh Kirtan in the Diaspora: Identity, Innovation and Revivalism.' In: Hawley, Michael , (ed.), The Sikh Diaspora: Theory, Agency, and Experience. Brill Publishers.
Purewal, Navtej (2009) 'Postcolonial History: Butalia’s The Other Side of Silence.' In: Devine, Fiona and Heath , Sue, (eds.), Doing Social Science: Evidence and Methods in Empirical Research. Palgrave.
Purewal, Navtej (2009) 'Gender, Seva and Social Institutions: A Case Study of the Bebe Nanaki Gurdwara and Charitable Trust, Birmingham, U.K.' In: Dusenbery, Verne and Tatla, Darshan S., (eds.), Sikh Diaspora Philanthropy in Punjab: Global Giving for Local Good. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
Purewal, Navtej (2008) 'Gender-Caste Intersectionality in the Experiences of the Partition for the Urban Poor of Amritsar.' In: Butalia, Urvashi , (ed.), A Sense of the Past: Women Writing on the Partition of India. New Delhi: Zubaan Press.
Purewal, Navtej and Patel, Tulsi (2004) 'Origins and Contours of the Population Debate: Inequality, Population Politics, and NGOs.' In: Romero, Mary and Margolis, Eric, (eds.), The Blackwell Companion on Social Inequalities. Blackwell Publishing.
Purewal, Navtej (2003) 'Re-producing South Asian Wom(b)en: Female Feticide and the Spectacle of Culture.' In: Puwar, N. and Raghuram, P. , (eds.), South Asian Women in the Diaspora. NYU Press.
Purewal, Navtej (2002) 'Reproducing Inequality: Women, Population and Structural Adjustment.' In: Ortiz Rocha de Arago, Paolo and Glavanis, Pandeli, (eds.), Globalisation and Structural Adjustment: Social and Economic Impacts. Editora Universitaria, University of Paraiba.
Purewal, Navtej (2001) 'New Roots for Rights: Women's Voices amidst Population and Development Strategies.' In: Rowbotham , Sheila and Linkogle, Stephanie, (eds.), Women Resist Globalization: Movements for Livelihoods and Rights. London: Zed Books.
Kalra, Virinder S. and Purewal, Navtej (1999) 'The Strut of the Peacock: Partition, Travel and the Indo-Pak Border.' In: Hutnyk, John and Kaur, Raminder, (eds.), Travel-Worlds: Journeys in Contemporary Cultural Politics. London: Zed Books.
Purewal, Navtej 'Pilgrimage: Sikhism.' In: Encyclopedia of Indian Religions. Springer. (In Press)
Purewal , Navtej K. and Kamran, Tahir 'Pakistan's Religious Others: Reflections on the Minority Discourse on Christians in Punjab.' In: Long, Roger and Samad, Yunas and Singh , Gurharpal and Talbot, Ian , (eds.), State and Nation-building in Pakistan: Beyond Islam and Security. London: Routledge. (In Press)
Purewal, Navtej K. and Gill, Manpreet K. 'Flying High or Lying Low? Young Women’s Aspirations and Contestations through Higher Education in Punjab, India.' In: Srinivasan, Sharada and Li, Shuzhuo, (eds.), 'Scarce’ Women and ‘Surplus’ Men in Communities of Asia: Macro Demographics versus Local Dynamics. Springer. (In Press)
Purewal, Navtej (2015) 'Interrogating the Rights Discourse on Girls’ Education: Neo-Liberalism, Neo-Colonialism, and the Beijing Platform for Action.' IDS Bulletin, 46 (4). pp. 47-53.
Purewal, Navtej K. and Hashmi, Naimatullah (2014) 'Between Returns and Respectability: Parental Attitudes towards Girls' Education in Rural Pakistan.' British Journal of Sociology of Education .
Purewal, Navtej K. (2014) 'Disciplining the Sex Ratio:Exploring the Governmentality of Female Feticide in India.' Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 21 (5). pp. 1-15.
Purewal, Navtej and Singh, Pritam (2013) 'The Resurgence of Bhindranwale’s Image in Contemporary Punjab.' Contemporary South Asia, 21 (2). pp. 133-147.
Purewal, Navtej (2012) 'The Sound of Memory: Interview with Singer Mohinder K. Bhamra.' Feminist Review, 100 .
Purewal, Navtej (2011) 'Sikh/Muslim Bhai-Bhai?: Towards a Social History of the Rabābī Tradition of Kirtan.' Sikh Formations, 7 (3). pp. 365-382.
Purewal, Navtej K. and Kalra, Virinder S. (2010) 'Women’s ‘Popular’ Practices as Critique: Vernacular Religion in Indian and Pakistani Punjab.' Women's Studies International Forum , 33 (4). pp. 383-389.
Purewal, Navtej (2006) 'Borderland Punjab.' Seminar .
Purewal, Navtej (2004) 'Sex Selection, ICTs and Feminist Internet-works.' Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 8 (1/2). pp. 103-119.
Purewal, Navtej (2004) 'Paths to Housing Access for the Urban Poor in Amritsar.' Global Built Environment Review, 4 (2).
Purewal, Navtej (2003) 'The Indo-Pak Border: Displacements, Aggressions and Transgressions.' Contemporary South Asia, 12 (4). pp. 539-556.
Purewal, Navtej (1997) 'Displaced Communities: Some Impacts of Partition on Poor Communities.' International Journal of Punjab Studies, 4 (1).
Purewal, Navtej and Kalra, Virinder S. 'Adaptation and Incorporation in Ritual Practices at the Golden Temple, Amritsar.' Journal of Ritual Studies . (In Press)
Purewal, Navtej (2014) 'Painting by Numbers: Locating Missing Girls in the Sex Ratio.' Discover Society .
Purewal, Navtej (2014) 'Beyond the Spectacle of Malala: A Critique of the Bandwagon of Girls’ Education.' Discover Society .
Purewal, Navtej K. 'The Two Iron Ladies of 1984: Remembering the Postcoloniality of Operation Bluestar 30 Years on.' Discover Society .