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Book Discussion – In Defence of the Ordinary
Book Discussion – In Defence of the Ordinary
Book Discussion – In Defence of the Ordinary

Book Discussion – In Defence of the Ordinary

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IMPRI Book Discussion on In Defence of the Ordinary by Dr Dev Nath Pathak.

#IMPRI Center for Human Dignity and Development (CHDD), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, invites you to an IMPRI #WebPolicyTalk

A Book Discussion on

In Defence of the Ordinary

Details of the #WebPolicyTalk:
Date: August 16, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM IST
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live

Author and Speaker:

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Dr Dev Nath Pathak
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi

Dr. Dev Nath Pathak is a founding faculty of Department of Sociology at South Asian University, New Delhi (India). He has contributed articles and chapters in many journals and edited books, and he is co-editor of the journal Society and Culture in South Asia and the editorial board of Journal of Human Values. A couple of his very recent publications include: In Defence of the Ordinary: Everyday Awakenings (Bloomsbury); Living and Dying: Meanings in Maithili Folklore (Primus), Another South Asia (Primus), in addition to the coedited books such as Neighbourhoods in Urban India (Bloomsbury), Culture and Politics in South Asia: Performative Communication (Taylor and Francis); Investigating Developmentalism: Development in Social Sphere (Palgrave Macmillan), Intersections of Art, Anthropology and Art History: A Conversation with Parul Dave-Mukherji (Aakar Books) & Narrating Nations, Performing Politics: A Conversation with Vasudha Dalmia (Aakar Books), Decoding Visual World: Intersections of Art, Anthropology and Art History in South Asia (Palgrave Macmillan). He was a visiting scholar at Brown International Advance Research Institute, at Brown University (2013), a Charles Wallace fellow at Queen’s University Belfast (2015), and scholar-in-residence at Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (2019). Lately he cocurated a YouTube based public space, Galp Lok (

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Prof Nivedita Menon
Professor, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi


Prof Ashok Acharya
Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

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Prof Santosh K Singh
Chandigarh-based Academic and Commentator; Formerly Founder Faculty, Ambedkar University Delhi

About the Book – In Defence of the Ordinary

In Defence of the Ordinary

Laced with light humour, soaked in serious sarcasm and powered with poetic polemics, In Defence of the Ordinary is informed by psychoanalysis, philosophy, yoga, anthropology, popular cinema, folklore, visual art and everything that is part of an ordinary living. A sociologist’s sincere ruminations on the layered and contested ordinariness, it seeks awakening of the dormant potentials of emancipation every day rather than waiting for an occasional charisma induced by a holy book or a secular gimmick or an orchestrated leadership” –

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