Editor: Ishwaran
Monographs and Theoretical Studies in Sociology and Anthropology in Honour of Nels Anderson was published between 1972 and 1989. Nels Anderson was a pioneer in the study of the homeless. In the early 1920s Anderson combined his own experience "on the bummery," with his keen sociological insight to give voice to a largely ignored underclass. He remains an extraordinary and underrated figure in the history of American sociology. On Hobos and Homelessness includes Anderson's rich and vibrant ethnographic work of a world of homeless men.
The series was integrated in International Studies in Sociology and Social-Anthropology in 1990.
Author: Ishwaran
Author: Ishwaran
As of 2002 Journal of African and Asian Studies is continued as African and Asian Studies. See www.brill.com/aas for more information.

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Editor-in-Chief: S. Ishwaran
Need support prior to submitting your manuscript? Make the process of preparing and submitting a manuscript easier with Brill's suite of author services, an online platform that connects academics seeking support for their work with specialized experts who can help. As of 2002 is replaced by Perspectives on Global Development and Technology Journal of Developing Societies online The Journal of Developing Societies, founded in 1984 by K. Ishwaran, Professor Emeritus, is intended as a forum for scholarly analyses of developing, as well as developed world societies and cultures, past and contemporary. It focuses primarily on issues of development and change in their manifold aspects. Theoretical and applied, historically oriented as well as contemporary points of view are within the parameters of the journal. The concept of development is not limited to the so-called contemporary 'third world', but rather focuses on the processes of change in all times and places. The coverage of topics could range from the agricultural revolution to the sociocultural implications of space-age technology, from public policy concerns to entrepreneurial activities, from globalization to individualization. The journal is issued twice a year, in March and September. Every year, one issue is dedicated to a special topic. Scholars from around the globe are invided by the editors of the journal, as Guest Editors, to organize thematic issues related to their area of expertise. In 1997 Joseph G. Jabbra and Nancy W. Jabbra, Loyola Marymount University, edited an outstanding volume on Environmental Issues in the Middle East, and in 1998 Proshanta K. Nandi and Shahid M. Shahidullah, prepared a very interesting issue on Globalization and the Evolving World Society. Articles feature the consequences of resource management, the protection of the marine life in the Arabian Gulf, and other pressing environmental concerns. For backissues or -volumes older than 2 years, please contact info@desitterpublications.com.

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Editor: K. Ishwaran
The collection of papers in Ascetic Culture: Renunciation and Worldly Engagement was entirely conceived and developed by K. Ishwaran, who died in June 1998. The original concept was to focus on "Tradition and Innovation in Monastic Life in South Asia", a topic which combined two of Ishwaran’s major interests: comparative studies of the monastic systems of south Asia, and criticism of Western anthropological and sociological assumptions of tradition and modernity being antithetical, especially with regard to traditional religions.
Ishwaran saw this collection of papers as reinforcing the "demise of universalistic projects, all encompassing grand master narratives and similar globally integrative, theoretical or empirical enterprises in social discourse" flowing from the post-structural and post-modernist revolutions in the social sciences. Later he conceived of broadening this topic to be more liberally comparative, to include major religious traditions around the world. The new title was to be "Tradition and Modernity in Monastic orders in Contemporary Societies". Finally, he broadened the theme to the present title of his collection.

Taken together, the articles appearing in this book strongly support Ishwaran’s theses. First, is the obvious point that eremitism and asceticism are far more complex than commonly understood in the scholarly world. If ever a general understanding of these interrelated phenomena is developed, careful examination not only how they are found in these cultures and traditions but also study of their particular manifestations in individual movements, places, cultures, social groups etc. must take place. The second thesis is clearly established by the range of these papers: ascetic traditions are not only inimical to modernity, they may be found at the heart of certain contemporary social and cultural developments.

K. Ishwaran has rendered the study of religion in particular and the social sciences in general an important service with this anthology.

Contributers are John E. Cort, Alan Davies, Balkrishna G. Gokhale, Daniel Gold, Shaman Hatley, Sohail Inayatullah, Klaus K. Klostermaier, David Miller, S.A. Nigosian, Jordan Paper, and Earle H. Waugh.
In: Journal of Asian and African Studies