Pakistan - Social and Cultural Transformations in a Muslim Nation

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Routledge, Nov 22, 2006 - Political Science - 322 pages
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This is the first English-language survey of Pakistan’s socio-economic evolution. Mohammad Qadeer gives an essential overview of social and cultural transformation in Pakistan since independence, which is crucial to understanding Pakistan’s likely future direction.

Pakistan examines how tradition and family life continue to contribute long term stability, and explores the areas where very rapid changes are taking place: large population increase, urbanization, economic development, and the nature of civil society and the state. It offers an insightful view into Pakistan, exploring the wide range of ethnic groups, the countryside, religion and community, and popular culture and national identity. It concludes by discussing the likely future social development in Pakistan, captivating students and academics interested in Pakistan and multiculturalism.

Qadeer’s impressive work is a comprehensive examination of social and cultural forces in Pakistani society, and is an important resource for anyone wanting to understand contemporary Pakistan.

 

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Extremely helpful and informative resource. It is really in depth and addresses many aspects of social and cultural change. Very very well written and easily understandable, yet intellectual.

Contents

1 Changing Pakistan
1
2 Patterns of social change
19
3 Landscape of independence
37
4 Nation and ethnicity
57
5 Urban transformations
78
6 Development and the countryside
112
7 Islam and social life
154
8 Family kinship community and civil society
189
9 Everyday life
220
10 Whither Pakistan?
258
Notes
281
Epilogue
300
Bibliography
307
Index
316
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