Publications

Journal Article (26)

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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2019. Biometric IDs and the remaking of the Indian (welfare) state. Economic Sociology 21(1): 13–21.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2019. Response to 'The Aadhaar debate: where are the sociologists?'. Contributions to Indian Sociology 53(3): 431–440.
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Rao, Ursula and Vijayanka Nair (eds.). 2019. Aadhaar: governing with biometrics. South Asia 42(3): 469–481.
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Rao, Ursula. 2019. Population meets database: aligning personal, documentary and digital identity in Aadhaar-enabled India. South Asia 42(3): 537–553.
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Rao, Ursula. 2018. Biometric bodies, or how to make electronic fingerprinting work in India. Body and Society 24(3): 68–94.
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Rao, Ursula. 2018. Comment on Amita Baviskar "Between violence and desire: space, power, and identity in the making of metropolitan Delhi". International Social Science Journal 68(227-228): 195–198.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2017. Politics, politicking. South Asia 40(2): 382–384.
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Rao, Ursula. 2017. Nachruf für Klaus Peter Köpping 17.3.1940-17.6.2017. Sociologus 67(2): 219–222.
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Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro and Ursula Rao. 2014. Talking back to the state: citizens' engagement after neoliberal reform in India. Social Anthropology 22(4): 410–427.
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Mauksch, Stefanie and Ursula Rao. 2014. Fieldwork as dialogue: reflections on alternative forms of engagement. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 139(1): 23–38.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2014. Debates in anthropology: introduction. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 139(1): 1–5.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula and Graham William Greenleaf. 2013. Subverting ID from above and below: the uncertain shaping of India’s new instrument of e-governance. Surveillance and Society 11(3): 287–300.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2013. Tolerated encroachment: resettlement policies and the negotiation of the licit/illicit divide in an Indian metropolis. Cultural Anthropology 28(4): 760–779.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2012. News for consumer citizens: corporate pressure, political criticism and middle class assertion in the Indian media. Portal 9(1): 1–16.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2012. Habits of democracy: newswriting practices and the re-working of democratic traditions in India. Communication, Politics and Culture 45(1): 78–95.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2011. Reading between the lines: critical social reporting in Indian national newspapers. Human Rights Defender 20(1): 19–22.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2011. 'Inter-publics': Hindu mobilization beyond the bourgeois public sphere. Religion and Society 2(1): 90–105.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2010. Neoliberalism and the rewriting of the Indian leader. American Ethnologist 37(4): 713–725.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2010. Making the global city: urban citizenship at the margins of Delhi. Ethnos 75(4): 402–424.
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Journal Article
Doron, Assa and Ursula Rao. 2009. From the edge of power: the cultural politics of disadvantage in South Asia. Asian Studies Review 33(4): 419–428.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2009. Arbeit am Ruf: Medienstrategien indischer Patrone. Sociologus 59(2): 199–227.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2009. Caste and the desire for belonging. Asian Studies Review 33(4): 483–499.
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Rao, Ursula. 2009. Ritual (as) politics. Man in India 89(1-2): 173–188.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2007. Ritual als Performanz: zur Charakterisierung eines Paradigmenwechsels. Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 59(4): 351–370.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2002. How to prove divinities? Experiencing and defending divine agency in a modern Indian space. Religion 32(1): 3–11.
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Journal Article
Rao, Ursula. 2000. Eine Frage des Glaubens: "illegale" Tempel und der Kampf um die Gestaltung des öffentlichen Raumes im urbanen Indien. Sociologus 50(2): 145–174.

Book Chapter (40)

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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2020. Remediating the local through localised news making: India's booming multilingual press as agent in political and social change. The Routledge companion to local media and journalism. London; New York: Routledge, pp. 149–157.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2019. Re-thinking anthropology as engaged practice. Conference proceedings: International Conference on Innovation in the Social Sciences and Humanities, 2019. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Ton Duc Thang University, pp. 12–20.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2019. Global cities. The Routledge handbook of transregional studies. The Routledge History Handbooks. London; New York: Routledge, pp. 188–196.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2019. Re-spatializing social security in India. Spaces of security: ethnographies of securityscapes, surveillance, and control. New York: New York University Press, pp. 231–252.
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Book Chapter
Jacobsen, Elida K. U. and Ursula Rao. 2018. The truth of the error: making identity and security through biometric discrimination. Bodies as evidence: security, knowledge, and power. Global Insecurities. Durham; London: Duke University Press, pp. 24–42.
32.
Book Chapter
Maguire, Mark and Ursula Rao. 2018. Introduction: bodies as evidence. Bodies as evidence: security, knowledge, and power. Global Insecurities. Durham; London: Duke University Press, pp. 1–23.
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Book Chapter
Maguire, Mark and Ursula Rao. 2018. Conclusion: discontinuities and diversity. Bodies as evidence: security, knowledge, and power. Global Insecurities. Durham; London: Duke University Press, pp. 228–236.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2018. Incremental gentrification: upgrading and the predicaments of making India slum-free. The Routledge handbook of anthropology and the city. Routledge Handbooks. London; New York: Routledge, pp. 214–227.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2018. Sacred space. The international encyclopedia of anthropology 10. Hoboken; Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 5334–5340.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2017. Vom Paradox der Sinne. 25 Jahre Bell Flavors and Fragrances GmbH. Altenburg: Druckerei zu Altenburg, pp. 82–88.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2017. Writing, typing and scanning: distributive justice and the politics of visibility in the era of e-governance. Media as politics in South Asia. Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series 118. London; New York: Routledge, pp. 127–140.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2017. Ethnologische Globalisierungsforschung. Ethnologie: Einführung in die Erforschung kultureller Vielfalt. 9. ed. Ethnologische Paperbacks. Berlin: Reimer, pp. 55–70.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2016. Urban negotiations and small-scale gentrification in a Delhi resettlement colony. Space, planning and everyday contestations in Delhi. Exploring Urban Change in South Asia. New Delhi: Springer, pp. 77–89.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2016. Media Hinduism. Hinduism in India: modern and contemporary movements. Hinduism in India. Los Angeles; London; New Delhi; Singapor; Washington; Melbourne: SAGE, pp. 123–140.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2014. Neue Märkte der Entwicklung: Krankenversicherungen, Computer-Technologie und das Risiko der Heilung in Indien. 100 Jahre Institut für Ethnologie der Universität Leipzig: eine Anthologie seiner Vertreter. Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Ethnologie der Universität Leipzig: Reihe Institutsgeschichte 4. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, pp. 277–294.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2014. Temporalities of planning and disaster: slum demolition and the rebuilding of lives at the margins of Delhi. Disaster relief in the Asia Pacific: agency and resilience. Routledge contemporary Asia series 44. London; New York: Routledge, pp. 102–115.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2010. Empowerment through local news making: studying the media/public interface in India. The anthropology of news & journalism: global perspectives. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 100–115.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2010. Embedded/embedding media practices and cultural production. Theorising media and practice. Anthropology of Media 4. New York; Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 147–168.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2009. Contested terrains: the negotiation of modern (religious) identities in urban spaces. Identity, cultural pluralism and state: South Asia in perspective. Macmillan Advanced Research Series. New Delhi: Anthropological Survey of India; Macmillan, pp. 281–290.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2008. Contested spaces: temple buildung and the re-creation of religious boundaries in contemporary urban India. On the margins of religion. New York; Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 81–96.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2008. Tempelbau als Widerstand? Überlegungen zum Begriff der Heterotopie. Widerstand denken: Michel Foucault und die Grenzen der Macht. Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 219–233.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2007. Partition in contemporary struggles over religious spaces in Bhopal. The partition motif in contemporary conflicts. New Delhi: SAGE, pp. 297–320.
49.
Book Chapter
Köpping, Klaus-Peter and Ursula Rao. 2006. Kultur. Wörterbuch der Religionen. Stuttgart: Kröner, pp. 299–300.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2006. News from the field: the experience of transgression and the transformation of knowledge during research in an expert-site. Celebrating transgression: method and politics in anthropological studies of cultures; a book in honour of Klaus Peter Köpping. New York; Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 23–37.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2006. Ritual in society. Theorizing rituals 1. Studies in the history of religions 114. Leiden; Boston: Brill, pp. 143–160.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2006. Einleitung: zwischen Struktur und Kontingenz. Kulturelle VerWandlungen: die Gestaltung sozialer Welten in der Performanz. Frankfurt; Berlin; Bern; Bruxelles; New York; Oxford; Wien: Peter Lang, pp. 11–31.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2006. Neta, Medium, Priester: Statuspositionen und die Gestaltung von indischen Tempelritualen. Kulturelle VerWandlungen: die Gestaltung sozialer Welten in der Performanz. Frankfurt; Berlin; Bern; Bruxelles; New York; Oxford; Wien: Peter Lang, pp. 235–257.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2006. Funktionalismus. Wörterbuch der Religionen. Stuttgart: Kröner, pp. 160–160.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2006. Religionsethnologie. Wörterbuch der Religionen. Stuttgart: Kröner, pp. 433–435.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula and John Hutnyk. 2006. Introduction. Celebrating transgression: method and politics in anthropological studies of cultures; a book in honour of Klaus Peter Köpping. New York; Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 1–10.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2005. Ritualpolitik: die (Nicht-)Emergenz sozialer und politischer Autorität durch rituelle Performanzen. Diskurse des Theatralen. Theatralität 7. Tübingen; Basel: Francke, pp. 193–209.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2005. Kultur als Verhandlungs(spiel)raum. Kulturen vergleichen: sozial- und kulturwissenschaftliche Grundlagen und Kontroversen. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 354–370.
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Book Chapter
Köpping, Klaus-Peter and Ursula Rao. 2003. Zwischenräume. Ritualität und Grenze. Theatralität 5. Tübingen; Basel: Francke, pp. 235–250.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula and Klaus-Peter Köpping. 2003. Erwartungen an das Unerwartete: gescheiterte Performanzen als Ereignisse. Performativität und Ereignis. Theatralität 4. Tübingen; Basel: Francke, pp. 119–134.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula and Klaus-Peter Köpping. 2003. Einleitung. Ritualität und Grenze. Theatralität 5. Tübingen; Basel: Francke, pp. 211–218.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2002. Das Spiel von Nähe und Distanz: Werbung um Beziehungen und Meinungen im journalistischen Feld Nordindiens. Die Gesellschaft der Werbung: Kontexte und Texte; Produktionen und Rezeptionen; Entwicklungen und Perspektiven. 1. ed. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, pp. 265–282.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2002. Assessing the past in search for a future: the changing of caste and the writing of caste history in contemporary urban India. A place in the world: new local historiographies from Africa and South Asia. African Social Studies Series 2. Leiden; Boston; Köln: Brill, pp. 347–366.
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Book Chapter
Köpping, Klaus-Peter and Ursula Rao. 2001. Macht und Ohnmacht des Mediums: Transformationen individueller und kollektiver Wahrnehmung durch religiöse Performanzen. Wahrnehmung und Medialität. Theatralität 3. Tübingen; Basel: Francke, pp. 197–211.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula. 2000. Regeln in Bewegung: die Gestaltung indischer Tempelrituale zwischen Formalität und Offenheit. Im Rausch des Rituals: Gestaltung und Transformation der Wirklichkeit in körperlicher Performanz. Performanzen 1. Münster; Hamburg; London: Lit, pp. 45–59.
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Book Chapter
Rao, Ursula and Klaus-Peter Köpping. 2000. Die "performative Wende": Leben - Ritual - Theater. Im Rausch des Rituals: Gestaltung und Transformation der Wirklichkeit in körperlicher Performanz. Performanzen 1. Münster; Hamburg; London: Lit, pp. 1–31.

Working Paper (1)

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Working Paper
Rao, Ursula. 2020. The city as secular space and religious territory: accommodating religious activism in urban India. Working Paper Series of the HCAS "Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities" 21. Leipzig: Leipzig University.

Issue (1)

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Issue
Rao, Ursula (ed.). 2014. Current debates in anthropology. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 139(1).

Other (3)

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Other
Rao, Ursula. 2013. J. Edmond u.a. (Hrsg.): Recentring Asia. H-Soz-Kult. https://www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/reb-15155. Accessed October 25, 2013.
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Other
Rao, Ursula. 2011. E-governance, social welfare and the dream of control in India. Asian Currents. http://asaa.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/asian-currents-11-08.pdf#page=5. Accessed August 2011.
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Other
Rao, Ursula. 2011. The daily newspaper deals. Tehelka. http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-006F-C. Accessed May 11, 2011.

Newspaper Article (1)

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Newspaper Article
Rao, Ursula. 2013. Biometric marginality: UID and the shaping of homeless identities in the city. Economic and Political Weekly, March 30, 2013: 71.

Book Review (18)

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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2016. Corinna R. Unger: Entwicklungspfade in Indien. Eine internationale Geschichte 1947-1980, Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2015, 319 S. Comparativ 26(3): 134–136.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2014. Akhil Gupta. Red tape: bureaucracy, structural violence and poverty in India. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012. 348 pp. Asian Studies Review 38(3): 530–532.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2014. Thomas Bierschenk, Matthias Krings, Carola Lentz (Hg.): Ethnologie im 21. Jahrhundert. 288 Seiten. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 139(1): 154–155.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2013. Renu Desai and Romola Sanyal (eds), Urbanizing citizenship: contested spaces in Indian cities (New Delhi: Sage, 2012). South Asia 36(2): 309–311.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2012. Christiane Brosius, India's middle class: new forms of urban leisure, consumption and prosperity (London: Routledge, 2010). South Asia 35(4): 894–896.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2012. Akhil Gupta and K. Sivaramakrishnan (eds.) The State in India after liberalization: interdisciplinary perspectives. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2011. 240 pp. Asian Studies Review 36(1): 140–141.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2011. Gellner David N, 2009, Ethnic activism and civil society in South Asia. Series: Governance, Conflict, and Civil Action, Volume 2. Hardbound. New Delhi: Sage, Gellner, David N, 2010, Varieties of activist experience: civil society in South Asia. Series: Governance, Conflict, and Civil Action, Volume 3. Hardbound. New Delhi: Sage. Australian Journal of Anthropology 22(3): 418–420.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2011. Working the night shift: women in India's call center industry; Reena Patel. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010. 191 pp. American Anthropologist 113(3): 526–527.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2010. Media and ethnic identity: Hopi views on media, identity, and communication, Ritva Levo-Henriksson (2007) Series: Indigenous Peoples and Politics: New york and London: Routledge, 272 pp. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 6(1): 127–129.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2010. Photographies east: the camera and its histories in east and southeast Asia; Rosalind C. Morris (Ed.); Durham, Duke University Press, 2009; 328 pp. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 11(1): 88–90.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2008. Beltz, Johannes: Mahar, Buddhist and Dalit: religious conversion and socio-political emancipation. New Delhi: Manohar, 2005. 309 Seiten. Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 103(1): 103–105.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2007. Nadja-Christina Schneider: Zur Darstellung von 'Kultur' und 'kultureller Differenz' im indischen Mediensystem: die indische Presse und die Repräsentation des Islams im Rahmen der Zivilrechtsdebatte, 1985-87 und 2003. Asien 102: 93–95.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2006. Andreas Wimmer: Kultur als Prozess: Zur Dynamik des Aushandelns von Bedeutungen. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2005. 225 Seiten. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 58(3): 151–152.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2004. B. Hauser-Schäublin u.a. (Hgg.): Kulturelle Räume. H-Soz-Kult.
87.
Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2004. Andreas Hepp und Waldemar Vogelgesang (Hg.): Populäre Events: Medienevents, Spielevents, Spaßevents. Band 4 der Reihe: Erlebniswelten. Opladen: Leske + Budrich 2003. 272 Seiten. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 56(3): 588–590.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2003. Winfried Gebhardt, Ronald Hitzler und Michaela Pfadenhauer (Hg.): Events: Soziologie des Außergewöhnlichen. Opladen: Leske + Budrich 2000. 441 Seiten. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 55(3): 577–579.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2003. Sefik Alp Bahadir (Hg.): Kultur und Region im Zeichen der Globalisierung: Wohin treiben die Regionalkulturen? Neustadt an der Aisch: Verlag Degener & Co. 2000. 544 Seiten. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 55(2): 404–405.
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Book Review
Rao, Ursula. 2002. Ina Rösing: Religion, Ritual und Alltag in den Anden: die zehn Geschlechter von Amarete, Bolivien; Zweiter Ankari-Zyklus; Kollektivrituale der Kallawaya-Region in den Anden Boliviens. Mundo Ankari Band 6. Berlin: Reimer 2001. 835 Seiten. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 54(2): 390–392.

Collected Edition (4)

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Collected Edition
Maguire, Mark, Ursula Rao, and Nils Zurawski (eds.). 2018. Bodies as evidence: security, knowledge, and power. Global Insecurities. Durham; London: Duke University Press.
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Collected Edition
Rao, Ursula (ed.). 2006. Kulturelle VerWandlungen: die Gestaltung sozialer Welten in der Performanz. Frankfurt am Main; Berlin; Bern; Bruxelles; New York; Oxford; Wien: Lang.
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Collected Edition
Rao, Ursula and John Hutnyk (eds.). 2006. Celebrating transgression: method and politics in anthropological studies of cultures; a book in honour of Klaus Peter Köpping. New York; Oxford: Berghahn.
94.
Collected Edition
Köpping, Klaus-Peter and Ursula Rao (eds.). 2000. Im Rausch des Rituals: Gestaltung und Transformation der Wirklichkeit in körperlicher Performanz. 1. ed. Performanzen: interkulturelle Studien zu Ritual, Spiel und Theater 1. Münster; Hamburg; London: Lit.

Monograph (3)

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Monograph
Rao, Ursula. 2010. News as culture: journalistic practices and the remaking of Indian leadership traditions. Anthropology of Media 3. New York: Berghahn.
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Monograph
Rao, Ursula. 2003. Negotiating the divine: temple religion and temple politics in contemporary urban India. South Asian Studies 41. New Delhi: Manohar.
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Monograph
Rao, Ursula. 2003. Kommunalismus in Indien: eine Darstellung der wissenschaftlichen Diskussion über Hindu-Muslim-Konflikte. Südasienwissenschaftliche Arbeitsblätter 4. Halle/Saale: Institut für Indologie und Südasienwissenschaften der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.
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