Associate Professor Peter Mayer

Visiting Research Fellow
Associate Professor Peter Mayer
  Org Unit Politics and International Studies (POLIS)
  Email peter.mayer@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 5609
  Location Floor/Room 3 10 ,  Napier Building ,   North Terrace

 

  • Political, Economic and Social Change in India
  • Suicide and Violence in India
  • India's Political Economy
  • Monographs & Edited Volumes

    Peter Mayer- Selected Publications

    Books:

    1. Suicide and Society in India (with Della Steen, Clare Bradley and Tahereh Ziaian) (London & New Delhi: Routledge, 2011/2012)

    1. India (Sydney: Asia-Australia Institute, 1993)
    1. India: Rebellion to Republic (with Robin Jeffrey, et al) (New Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 1990)

    2. Capitalism and Colonial Production (with Hamza Alavi, et al) (London: Croom Helm, 1982)

    Recent Book Chapters

    1. “Comparative Reflections on The Civilizing Process” in David Lemmings and Ann Brooks (eds.) Emotions and Social Change: Historical and Sociological Perspectives (New York & London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 233-251..

    2. “Riots, Elections and Society: Discerning Social and Political Trends in India and Pakistan in Coming Decades” in Amitendu Palit and Gloria Spittel (eds.) South Asia in the New Decade: Challenges and Prospects (Singapore: World Scientific, 2013).

    3. “Mapping the Strength of Village Elites” in Lance Brennan and Auriol Weigold (eds.) Re-Thinking India: Perceptions from Australia (New Delhi: Readworthy, 2013), pp. 104-127.

    4. “South Australia and India” (with Purnendra Jain) in John Spoehr and Purnendra Jain (eds.) The Engaging State (Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2012).

    5. “Politics at the University of Adelaide” in Nick Harvey, Jean Fornasiero, Greg McCarthy, Clem Macintyre and Carl Crossin (eds.) A History of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide 1876-2012 (Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, 2012).

    6. "Making Democracy Perform: Human Development and Civic Community in India" in Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya, Niraja Gopal Jayal, Bishnu N. Mohapatra & Sudha Pai (eds.) Interrogating Social Capital (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2004)

    Recent Journal Articles , Published Papers & Conference Papers

    1. “The Better Angels of Their Natures? The Declining Rate of Homicides against India’s Dalits” Studies in Indian Politics 2017 Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 1-22.

    2. “Thinking Clearly about Suicide in India – 3 Youth and Young Adult Suicide in Australia and India” Economic and Political Weekly, 24 December, 2016, Vol. 51, Issue No. 52, pp. 85-94 http://www.epw.in/journal/2016/52/special-articles/thinking-clearly-about-suicide-india%E2%80%94iii.html

    3. “Thinking Clearly about Suicide in India - 2 Suitable Girls & Companionate Couples: Social Change and Suicide in the Indian Family" Economic and Political Weekly, 8 Oct, 2016, Vol. 51, Issue No. 41, pp. 40-45. http://www.epw.in/journal/2016/41/special-articles/thinking-clearly-about-suicide-india.html

    4. “Thinking Clearly about Suicide in India - 1: Desperate Housewives, Despairing Farmers” Economic and Political Weekly, April 2, 2016, Vol. LI, No. 14, pp. 44-55 http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/peter.mayer?dsn=directory.file;field=data;id=37237;m=view

    5. "Narendra Modi ki adhuri Reform kahaani [Narendra Modi's unfinished reform story]: Big steps...or baby steps?" Paper presented at the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS 9) Adelaide 6-9 July, 2015

    6. “Disease, Diffusion & Democracy: Which way does the arrow of causality point in India?” Paper presented at the 21st Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Australian National University, Canberra, July 5-7, 2016.

    7. “The Modi lahar (wave) in the 2014 Indian national election: A critical realignment?”, Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol .49, No. 3, (2014), pp. 518-528, (with Priya Chacko).

    8. “Gross Violations of Duverger’s Law in India”, Studies in Indian Politics Vol. 1 No.2, (2013), pp. 179–201.

    9. ‘Two Faces of Emotional Aggression: Comparative Reflections on “The Civilizing Process”’ Paper presented to the Norbert Elias, Emotional Styles and Historical Change: An Interdisciplinary Collaboratory. ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Change Program, University of Adelaide, 14-15 June 2011

    10. “Beyond Cricket: Australia–India Evolving Relations” Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 45, No. 1, (March 2010), pp. 133–148 (with Purnendra Jain).

    11. “Are There Political Patterns to Communal Violence in India?” Refereed Paper presented at the 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Adelaide 5-8 July, 2010 Canberra: Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Inc and the University of Adelaide.  ISBN 978-0-7258-1136-5

    12. “Riots, Elections and Society: Discerning Social and Political Trends in India and Pakistan in Coming Decades” Paper presented at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), University of Singapore, 6th International Conference on South Asia, Singapore November 11-12 2010.

    13. “Old Regions, New States: Why Is Governance Weak in the Indus-Ganges Plain?” Asian Journal of Political Science Vol. 18, No. 1, (April 2010), pp. 20-47.

    14. “The South Asian Arc of Instability: In Search of Explanations” paper presented to the South Asia Seminar, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C, 23 February, 2009).

    15. "Trends of Real Income in Tiruchirapalli and the upper Kaveri Delta, 1819-1980: A Footnote in Honour of Dharma Kumar" Indian Economic and Social History Review Vol. 43, No. 3 (July-September, 2006), pp.349-364. http://www.tandfonline.com/action/verifyEmail?userId=675471&email=peter.mayer%40adelaide.edu.au&expiry=1410911135819&signature=801cdd8615b3e04bf537775853c7b682

    16. "More Than Cricket: Multiple Dimensions of Australia's Relationship with India" Refereed Paper presented at the 17th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Melbourne 1-4 July, 2008 (with Purnendra Jain) (http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/mai/asaa/proceedings.php#m).

    17. "Is North India Violent Because it has an Excess of Males?" Refereed Paper presented at the 17th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Melbourne 1-4 July, 2008 (http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/mai/asaa/proceedings.php#m).

    18. 'The South Asian Arc of Instability: In Search of Explanations', Asia Reconstructed: Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, 2006, Wollongong, Australia, 2006 (http://coombs.anu.edu.au/SpecialProj/ASAA/biennial-conference/2006/proceedings.html#M).

    19. "Suicide in India" Asian Currents (June 2005) <http://coombs.anu.edu.au/SpecialProj/ASAA/asian-currents-archive/asian-currents-05-06.html>

    20. "Modernization and the Male-Female Suicide Ratio in India 1967-1997: Divergence or Convergence?" Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 34(2) (Summer, 2004) pp. 147-159 (with Della Steen).

    21. "The Wider Value of Volunteering in South Australia" (2003) A Report Prepared for the Office for Volunteers, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia http://www.ofv.sa.gov.au/pdfs/mayer_report.pdf

    22. "Patterns of Suicide by Age and Gender in the Indian States: A Reflection of Human Development?" Archives of Suicide Research , 7, (2003), pp.1-18 (with Della Steen).

    23. " Female Equality and Suicide in the Indian States " Psychological Reports , 92, (2003), pp.1022-1028.

    24. "Suicide, Gender and Age Variations in India: Are Women in Indian Society Protected from Suicide" Crisis Vol. 23, No.3, pp. 98-103 (2002) (with Tahereh Ziaian).

    25. "Indian Suicide and Marriage: A Research Note" Journal of Comparative Family Studies Vol. XXXIII, No. 2 (Spring, 2002), pp. 297-305. (with Tahereh Ziaian)

    26. " Human Development and Civic Community in India: Making Democracy Perform " Economic and Political Weekly Vol. XXXVI, No. 8 (24 February, 2001), pp. 684-692.

    27. "Development, Gender Equality and Suicide Rates" Psychological Reports Vol. 87 (2000), pp. 367-372.

    28. " India's Falling Sex Ratios " Population and Development Review Volume 25, No. 2 (June, 1999), pp. 323-343.

    29. [with Piers Gillespie & Mona Girgis], " 'This Great Evil': Anticipating Political Obstacles to Development" Public Administration and Development Vol. 16, No. 5 (December, 1996) pp. 431-453.

    30. [with Pal Ahluwalia], "Clash of Civilizations-Or the Balderdash of Scholars?," Asian Studies Review , Vol. 18, No. 1 (1994), pp. 21-30.

    31. "Has India's Self-Sufficiency in Agriculture been Achieved at the Expense of Social Justice? Reflections on Recent Village Studies in Tamil Nadu," South Asia Bulletin , Vol. XII, No. 2 (Fall 1993), pp. 70-84.

    32. "Inventing Village Tradition: The late 19th Century Origins of the north Indian `Jajmani System'," Modern Asian Studies , Vol. 27, Part 2 (1993), pp. 357-395.



    Selected Institutional Research, Policy Papers and Commentary

    1. “India’s ban on cow slaughter: appeasing the BJP Hindu base but scoring an economic own goal?”(with Mandar Oak) Asian Currents July, 2017 http://asaa.asn.au/indias-ban-cow-slaughter-appeasing-bjp-hindu-base-scoring-economic-goal/

    2. “The Modi effect steamrolls New Delhi’s municipal elections” East Asia Forum 19th May, 2017 http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/05/19/the-modi-effect-steamrolls-new-delhis-municipal-elections/

    3. “Jayalalithaa: death of a political mother goddess” Asian Currents 14 December, 2016 http://asaa.asn.au/jayalalithaa-death-political-mother-goddess/

    4. “Mixed record calls Modi’s reform credentials into question” Asian Currents 17 September, 2016 http://asaa.asn.au/mixed-record-calls-modis-reform-credentials-into-question/

    5. “The cockatoo and the chickpea” in Gretchen Miller (ed.) In Their Branches: Stories from ABC RN’s Trees Project (Sydney: HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Limited, 2015)

    6. "The Emperor of India: Modi’s first year in office" Asian Currents 19 June 2015 http://asaablog.tumblr.com/post/121876431686/the-emperor-of-india-modis-first-year-in-office “Modi’s BJP no longer invincible” with Purnendra Jain East Asia Forum February 2015 http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/02/25/modis-bjp-no-longer-invincible/

    7. “Delhi voters pick an unconventional winner” with Purnendra Jain East Asia Forum Vol. 6, No. 1. 14 January 2014 (http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/14/delhi-voters-pick-an-unconventional-winner/).

    8. “Australia Elects a not-so Liberal Liberal Government” Extraordinary and Plentipotentiary: Diplomatist Vol. 1, No. 7 (October, 2013), pp. 16-17.

    9. “Has NaMo Come in from the Cold? Extraordinary and Plentipotentiary: Diplomatist Vol. 1, No. 8 (November, 2013), pp. 29-30.

    10. “Delhi voters pick an unconventional winner” with Purnendra Jain East Asia Forum Vol. 6, No. 1. 14 January 2014 (http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/14/delhi-voters-pick-an-unconventional-winner/).

    11. “Too early for bets as India lumbers to a national election” Asian Currents, February, 2014 http://www.asaa.asn.au/publications/ac/2014/asian-currents-14-02.pdf

    12. “Has NaMo Come in from the cold?” Extraordinary and Plentipotentiary Diplomatist November, 2013, pp. 29-30 http://www.diplomatist.com/dipom11y2013/story011.html

    13. “Australia Elects a not-so liberal Liberal Government” The Diplomatist Vol. 1, No. 7 (October, 2013), pp. 16-7 http://diplomatist.com/printissue/index.html

    14. "India gains its rightful place in the Asian century white paper" (with Purnendra Jain) The Conversation 29 October 2012 http://theconversation.edu.au/india-gains-its-rightful-place-in-the-asian-century-white-paper-10331

    15. “Why Australia must not sell uranium to Pakistan” The Conversation 7/12/2011 http://theconversation.edu.au/why-australia-must-not-sell-uranium-to-pakistan-4589

    16. “The Ayodhya Judgement: Good Politics, Bad History? Asian Currents October 2010 http://www.asaa.asn.au/publications/ac/2010/asian-currents-10-10.pdf

    17. Upward Mobility and Social Capital: Building Advantage Through Volunteering (with Lou Wilson) (2006) Report prepared for the Office for Volunteers, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia http://www.ofv.sa.gov.au/pdfs/p_UPWARDMOBILITYANDSOCIAL CAPITAL.pdf

    18. "The Wider Economic Value of Social Capital and Volunteering in South Australia" (2003) Report prepared for the Office for Volunteers, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia (http://www.ofv.sa.gov.au/pdfs/mayer_report.pdf)



    Recent Media Commentary

    10/04/2017

    ABC News 24 TV with Kumi Taguchi

    PM Turnbull’s visit to India


    6/12/2016

    938LIVE Singapore

    Death of Jayalalita


    22/9/2016

    Nawaz Sharif’s UN speech warning international community about rising tensions

    938Live Singapore


    28/3/2016

    Suicide Bombing in Lahore Park

    Sky Television



    30/9/2015

    "Does the Military still rule Pakistan?

    Sean Britten

    2SER in Sydney


    18/6/2015

    Interview with Pallavi Jain (in Hindi)

    http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/content/one-lifetime-not-enough-understand-india-dr-peter-mayer

    9/6/2014


    Taliban attack on Karachi airport

    ABC News 24 (Television)

    Jane Hutcheon


    15/5/2015

    "China's Super Power Relations - How do you assess the China's relations with Japan, India, US and Russia? What developments will bring when some of the government officials such as John Kerry and Narendra Modi are visiting China?"

    Hugh Chiverton and Danny Gittings

    RTHK Radio 3 (Radio Television Hong Kong)


    2/5/2014

    Indian elections becoming fiercer as voting continues  “

    Saskia Edwards

    The Wire

    http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=1149

    mp3: http://www.thewire.org.au/audio/SACE%20India%20FINAL.mp3


    30/1/2014

    ABC Radio National

    Phillip Adams

    Late Night Live

    Election Watch: India

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/election-watch3a--india/5213336


    22/11/2013

    The cockatoo and the chickpea”

    Trees I have loved

    Bush Telegraph/360 Documentaries

    ABC Radio National



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    ExpertiseAsian politics, economic reform in Asia, India, Pakistan, South Asia, reform, politics (development, economic reform in Asia), Indian politics, Pakistan politics, Pakistani politics, suicide; social change, failed states
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