• Kumar, Satendra .2018.  Badalta Goan, Badalta Dehat: Nayi Samajikata Ka Uday (Changing village, changing countryside: Emergence of New Sociality). New Delhi, Oxford University Press.

Badalta Gaon Badalta Dehat: Nai Samajikta ka Uday (Oxford University Press, 2018) has been shortlisted for the 2019 Publishing Next Book of the Year (Indian Languages) and REC-VoW Book Awards 2019.


  • Kumar, Satendra. 2020 (Forthcoming). Sovereigns and Citizens: Rise of the Other Backward Classes in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.


Research papers/articles:


  • Kumar, Satendra. 2018. “The Family Way: Manhood and Dabangai in the Making of a Dynasty in Uttar Pradesh”. Studies in Indian Politics, Vol 6 (2), pp. 180-195.
  • Kumar, Satendra. 2018. “Agrarian Transformation and New Sociality in Western UP”. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 53 (26-27), pp. 39-47.


  • Kumar, S. 2017. “Hero”. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol 40 (2), pp. 327-330.


  • Kumar, S. 2017. “After Silent Revolution: Most Marginalised Dalits and Local Democracy in Uttar Pradesh, North India”. Studies in Indian Politics, Vol 5, Issue 1, pp. 18-31.


  • Young, S., Kumar, Satendra et al. 2017. “Beyond improvisation? The rise and rise of youth entrepreneurs in north India“. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 42, Issue 2, pp. 98-109.


  • Kumar, S. 2016. “The Time of Youth: Joblessness, Politics and Neo- religiosity in Uttar Pradesh.” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 51, No. 53, pp. 102-09.


  • Kumar, S. 2016. “Agrarian Transformation and the New Rurality in Western Uttar Pradesh.” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 51, No. 25-26, pp. 61-71.


  • Kumar, S. 2016. “Emergence of New Sociality and Communal Violence in Rural Western Uttar Pradesh.” Seminar, June 682.


  • Young, S., Kumar, Satendra. 2016. “College Eentrepreneurs in India: The Fortune at the Bottom of a Pyramid Scheme”, in Geographies of Global Issues: Change and Threat, Geographies of Children and Young People, ed. N. Ansell et al. Singapore: Springer Science.


  • Kumar, S. 2014. “The Promise of Ethnography for the Study of Politics.” Studies in Indian Politics, Vol. 2(2), pp.1-6.


  • Kumar, S. 2014. “Rural Transformation and Occupational Diversification in Western Uttar Pradesh: Economic and Demographic Changes in a Village,” in Development Failure and Identity Politics in Contemporary India: the case of Uttar Pradesh, ed. Roger Jeffery, Craig Jeffrey & Jens Lerche. Delhi: Sage Publication.


  • Kumar, S. (2014). “Privatisation of Higher Education in India: Hopes and Despairs.” Social Change, 44 (3).


  • Kumar, S. 2013. “Inclusion of the Excluded Groups through Panchayati Raj: Electoral Democracy in Uttar Pradesh,” in Navigating Exclusion, Engineering Inclusion: Indian Social Processes, ed. Uwe Skoda, Kenneth Bo Nielsen &Marianne Fibiger. London. Anthem Press.


  • Kumar, S. 2013. “How Indian Universities Become Profit Machines.” The Global Dialogue, 3(3).


  • Kumar, S. 2012. “Imagining Communities through History: Cultural Politics of the Marginalized Groups in Western Uttar Pradesh, North India.Journal of Polity and Society, 4 (2), 45-59.


  • Kumar, S. 2012. “Ethnography of Youth Politics: Leaders, Brokers and Morality in a Provincial University.” History and Sociology of South Asia: Contemporary Perspectives, 6(1), 41-70.


  • Kumar, R., Satendra Kumar, et al. 2009. “Social and Economic Inequalities: Contemporary Significance of Caste in India.” Economic and Political Weekly, 44 (50), 55-63


  • Kumar, S. (2008). “Strategic Transformation in Lower Caste Labour in Western Uttar Pradesh.” Published in the Proceedings of Seventh International Conference of the Association of Indian Labour Historians held 27-29 March 2008, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.


  • Kumar, S. (2004). “Debate on Equality-Gandhi, Ambedkar and Pariyar.” Social Science Probings, 16 (2), 111-128.



  • सतेंद्र कुमार. 2016. “उत्तर प्रदेश में पिछड़ी जातियों की राजनीति: लोकतंत्र की उत्तर कथा”, प्रतिमान, जनवरी-जून, वर्ष 4,  अंक


  • सतेंद्र कुमार. 2016. “भारत में शिक्षा का निजीकरण: संविधान के सपने का दाहसंस्कार”, प्रतिमान, जनवरी-जून, वर्ष 4, अंक


  • सतेंद्र कुमार. 2015. “राजनीतिक अध्ययन में एथनोग्राफी की भूमिका”, प्रतिमान, जनवरी-जून, वर्ष 3, अंक


  • सतेंद्र कुमार. “गाँव के बहाने”. मार्च अंक, समालोचन पत्रिका.


  • सतेंद्र कुमार. “चरण सिंह: किसानो के मसीहा”. मई 17, अमर उजाला.  मेऱठ.




  • Kumar, S. 2015. Review Paper: Red tape: bureaucracy, structural violence, and poverty in India, by Akhil Gupta, Durham, Duke University Press, 2012, 384 pp., US$26.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-8223-5110-8. Journal of Peasant Studies


  • Kumar, S. 2015. Review Paper: Beyond Inclusion: The Practice of Equal Access in Indian Higher Education, by Satish Deshpande and Usha Zacharias, eds. New Delhi, Routledge, 2013. Contributions to Indian Sociology


  • Kumar, S. 2003. Review Paper: For the Solution of the ‘Caste’ Question Buddha is not Enough, Ambedkar is not Enough either, Marx is a Must (trans. from Telugu by B.R. Bapuji), by Ranganayakamma, Hyderabad: Sweet Home Publication, 2001. Contributions to Indian Sociology 37: 383




  • Kumar, S. “Economic Transformation in Contemporary India: From Unemployed Youth to Broker to Legal Entrepreneur.” Economy and Society. (Submitted in October 2019)