Jan Magnusson has monitored the development in the Tibetan refugee community since the early 1990’s. His research has been supported by, for instance, SIDA and Crafoord Foundation, and has resulted in several publications.
Social Movements and Social Change in South Asia
Since the beginning of the 1990’s, Dr Jan Magnusson has monitored the development within the Tibetan refugee community in India. He is also studying social change among the Balti people in the western Himalayas. His research has been supported by the Swedish Research Council, SIDA, the Crafoord Foundation, and SASNET. One of his current research projects is ”The South Indian Tibetans”, a study of the social development in a Tibetan refugee settlement in Bylakuppe, India as well as the interaction between the refugees, local Indian authorities and organizations, and foreign aid organizations. Parts of the study, which includes demographic analysis, is carried out in cooperation with Dr Geoff Childs at the Dept. of Anthropology, Washington University, St Louis, and Dr Subramanya Nagarajaro at the Dept. of Political Science, Mysore University. Another current research project is ”The Baltistan Movement”. Starting in 2004 the study follows a social movement approach and focuses on social change and mobilization as well as cultural revival among Balti people in the western Himalayas. It partly deals with the invention of tradition and includes analysis of the role played by locally produced pop music. The study is carried out in Baltistan and Ghanche in northeastern Pakistan and in the Kargil, Ladakh and Nubra areas of northwestern India.