Mahuya Bandyopadhyay

Mahuya Bandyopadhyay
Associate Professor
Sociology
CV Summary: 

Mahuya Bandyopadhyay is a social anthropologist, studying varied manifestations and experiences of the carceral mesh in contemporary urban society. Her work draws on the sociology of organisations, penology, urban sociology, and gender and masculinities. A critical focus on the anthropological ways of knowing and the use of the ethnographic method is central to her work. She is the author of Everyday Life in Prison: Confinement, Surveillance, Resistance (Orient BlackSwan, 2010) and co-editor of Towards a New Sociology in India (Orient BlackSwan, 2016). She joined the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in January 2019, after having taught for several years at the post-graduate and undergraduate levels at University of Delhi and at the School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Contact Information

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,
MS 640 B
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Hauz Khas, New Delhi - 110016
Email: mahuya@hss.iitd.ac.in

Research Areas

Sociology of organisations and work
Prison Studies
Ethnography of the state
Gender and masculinities
Urban neighbourhoods, violence and the carceral complex
Ethnographic methods

Academic Background

Phd (Sociology) Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
MPhil (Sociology) Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
MA (Sociology) Jawaharlal Nehru University
BA (Hons.) (Political Science) Presidency College, University of Calcutta

Employment History

2019 - Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi

2013-2018 - Associate Professor, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

2011 - 2013 - Assistant Professor (Senior Scale), Department of Sociology, Miranda House, University of Delhi

2009 - 2011 - Junior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

2006-2009 - Assistant Professor (Senior Scale), Department of Sociology, Miranda House, University of Delhi

2003 - 2006 - Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

2002 - 2003 - Adhoc Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

Publications

Books:

Towards a New Sociology in India, Orient BlackSwan. 2016. (co-edited with Ritambhara Hebbar)

Everyday Life in a Prison: Confinement, Surveillance, Resistance’, Orient Blackswan, New Delhi, January 2010.

Articles in Journals and edited Books:

Prison Escapes, Everyday Life and the State: Narratives of Contiguity and Disruption, in Prison Breaks: Toward a Sociology of Escape, eds. Martin, T. and Chantraine, G, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Understanding Prison Sociality: Objects, Surveillance and Everyday Life, in Doing Theory: Locations, Hierarchies and Disjunctions, eds. Chaudhuri, M and Thakur, M. Orient BlackSwan, 2018.

Migrants, Vigilantes and Violence: The Making of New Urban Spaces in Mumbai, in Migrants and the
Neo-Liberal City, ed. R. Samaddar, Orient BlackSwan, 2018. (with R. Hebbar)

Is There a New Sociology in India? Reflections on Altered Realities, New Field Sites and Methodological Challenges, in Towards a New Sociology in India, eds. Bandyopadhyay, M and Hebbar, R., Orient BlackSwan, 2016 (with R. Hebbar)

Asian Prisons: Colonial Pasts, Neoliberal Futures and Subversive Sites, in Handbook on Prisons, ed. By Y. Jewkes, J. Bennet and B. Crewe, Routledge, 2016.

Deviation and Limitations of (Prison) Ethnography: Postscript to Fieldwork in an Indian Prison, in The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography, ed by D. Drake, E. Rod and J. Sloan, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015.

Sensing Prison Climates: Governance, Survival And Transition, Focaal 68: 3-17. 2014. With Andrew Jefferson and Tomas Martin.

Prison Spaces and Beyond: The Potential of Ethnographic Zoom, Criminal Justice Matters, 91 (1): 28-29. With Andrew Jefferson and Thomas Ugelvik. 2013.

Women on Campus: Negotiating Spaces and Silences, Economic and Political Weekly, December 31, 2011 (co-authored with Shadab Bano, Bijaylaxmi Nanda and Nonica Datta).

Reform and everyday practice: Some issues of prison governance, Contributions to Indian Sociology,(n.s) 41, 3 (2007): 355- 86. New Delhi: Sage Publications.

Young men, friendship networks and gender work, in R. Chopra ed. Reframing Masculinities. New Delhi: Orient Longman, 2007.

Competing Masculinities in a Prison in R. Chopra ed. Muted Masculinities: Contemporary Indian Ethnographies, Men and Masculinities, (Special Issue), Vol. 9 No. 2. October 2006. Sage Publications.

A narrative piece ‘Reshma’ in Shadow Lives, eds. Uma Chakravarti and Preeti Gill. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 2001.

Working Papers

Property and Publics: Negotiating state-society relationships in Christiania, CAS Working Paper Series, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU, New Delhi, May 2014.

Reform and everyday practice: Some issues of prison governance, Occasional Papers (New Series). Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, 2007

Teaching Areas

Sociology of work
Sociology of organisations
Gender and Society
Qualitative Research Methods
Urban Anthropology
Economic Sociology

Courses