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Pushpesh kumar

Dr. Pushpesh Kumar

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Hyderabad
Hyderabad - 500046, INDIA

Phone: +91- 23133255 (O)

Areas of Research Interest:
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Shifts in Marriage, Family and Kinship
  • Globalisation and Social/Cultural Changes
  • Theory and Pedagogy
  • Body and Culture
  • Ethnography
Teaching Engagements:
  • Urban Sociology
  • Qualitative Research Method
  • Society and Sexuality
  • Modern Sociological Theory


  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Studies of Social System, JNU, Delhi (20th to 25th August, 2014)
  • British Academy Visiting Fellow, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, London (June to September, 2009)
  • M.N. Srinivas Memorial Prize for Young Sociologist (2007) from Indian Sociological Society, Delhi
  • ICSSR Institutional Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi (2004-2006).
  • Member of the Text Book Development Committee of NCERT, Delhi, 2005, 2015 (Sociology Text Book of 11th Class)
  • Alumni, Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Centre, Italy.
Research Paper Publications:

  • In nakhadha We Can Outshine Women but Can't Give Birth: Kothis in Provincial Cities of Western India  (forthcoming). In Tutun Mukherjee and Niladri Chatterjee (eds) Naribhav: Androgyny and Female Impersonation in India. Niyogi Books: Delhi.
  •  Disrupting the Coherence: Self-reflection of a Male Ethnographer, Economic and Political Weekly, May 16, 2015
  •  Queering Indian Sociology: A Critical Note.2014. CSS/JNU, Delhi. (Working Paper)
  • Transgression, Accommodation and Change: Configuring Gender and Sexuality within Marriage Practices of the Kolams. 2014. Marriaying in South Asia (eds) Rajni Palriwala, and Ravinder Kaur. Delhi: Orient Blackswan. Pp.70-88
  •  Development Debacle: Reflections from Some Micro Data. 2012 In Issues and Perspectives in Anthropology Today (eds) Shiva Prasad and Kashi Eswarappa. Delhi: Serial Publishers. Pp. 221-43.
  •  Is There a Job for a Man in Sari? Biblio, 2011 Vol XVI.
  •  Sanma Told Me: Narratives of Gendered Violence. (December 2010, special volume on violence). Indian Journal of Gender Studies, Delhi. Vol.17, no.3. pp. 403-427
  •  ‘Gender and Human Rights: Some Critical Issues’. In B.C. Barik, Pushpesh Kumar and Usha Sarode (eds) Gender and Human Rights: Narratives on Macro-Micro Realities. Rawat: Jaipur. 2010.
  •   Sociology in the Regional ‘Backwoods’: A Fictional Rendering. 2010. In Maitrayee Chaudhuri (ed.) Sociology in India: Institutional and Intellectual Practices. Rawat: Jaipur.
  •  What Sociology is Possible Here? Some Critical Reflections on Disciplinary Practices in a Regional Center. 2009. Critical Issues: Jadavpur University Journal of Sociology. No.2 pp. 206-13
  • ‘Family and Kinship’. 2006. In Introducing Sociology (NCERT Text Book for class xi)
  • Gender and Procreative Ideology among the Kolams of Maharashtra. 2006. Contributions to Indian Sociology, Delhi, Vol.40 No.3. pp. 279-310
  • Women Resisting Violence: The Economic as Political, Sociological Bulletin, Vol.52, No.1 March, 2003, Delhi. Pp. 91-113
  • Feminist Anthropology: from Remedial to Radical, Journal of Social Sciences, Delhi Vol.3 No.3, 1999, Pp. 159-164
  • National Seminar on “Common Property Resources and Planned Development in Western India; Indian Journal of Social Work, Vol. 60, Issues 3, July 1, 1999 ( with B.C. Barik, Seminar Report)

Book Publication

  • Gender and Human Rights: Narratives on Macro-Micro Realities. Rawat Publications: Jaipur, Co-edited with B. C Barik and Usha Sarode.

Consultancy Projects

  • Co-Investigator in the collaborative project 'CHEVI Team in Social and Behavioural Research in Vaccines' (Funded, Canadian Institute for Health Research/ Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative, 2013-2014).
  •  Consultant to the project “Assessing Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Various Subgroups of Males in India: A Qualitative Study”. This study was commissioned by Dr. Venkateshan Chakarapani, C-SHARP, Chennai, in collaboration with HIV/AIDS Alliance, New Delhi (2008)