Comparative Studies in Society and History (CSSH) is a forum for new research and interpretation concerning problems of recurrent patterning and change in human societies through time and in the contemporary world. Now in its fifty-seventh year, CSSH sets up a working alliance among specialists in all branches of the social sciences and humanities. Review articles and discussions bring readers into touch with current findings and issues.


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Volume 57 Number 2 April 2015

Editorial Foreword

Caste Trouble

AJANTHA SUBRAMANIAN   Making Merit: The Indian Institutes of Technology and the Social Life of Caste

ANASTASIA PILIAVSKY   The “Criminal Tribe” in India before the British

Modern Healing Magic

DAVID HARDIMAN   Miracle Cures for a Suffering Nation: Sai Baba of Shirdi

LILI LAI and JUDITH FARQUHAR   Nationality Medicines in China: Institutional Rationality and Healing Charisma

TATIANA CHUDAKOVA   The Pulse in the Machine: Automating Tibetan Diagnostic Palpation in Postsocialist Russia

Violent Statecraft

SUNIL PURUSHOTHAM   Internal Violence: The “Police Action” in Hyderabad

AZFAR MOIN  Sovereign Violence: Temple Destruction in India and Shrine Desecration in Iran and Central Asia


DANIEL ANDREW BIRCHOK   Putting Habib Abdurrahim in His Place: Genealogy, Scale, and Islamization in Seunagan, Indonesia

NORA LESSERSOHN   “Provincial Cosmopolitanism” in Late Ottoman Anatolia: An Armenian Shoemaker’s Memoir

JOEL CABRITA   People of Adam: Divine Healing and Racial Cosmopolitanism in the Early Twentieth-Century Transvaal, South Africa

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