2021. The Law of Force: The violent heart of Indian politics. Aleph Books. New Delhi. (Link)
2012. Melancholia of Freedom. Social Life in an Indian Township in South Africa. Princeton University Press. (Link)
South African edition by Witwatersrand University Press, Fall 2013. (Link)
2009. Cool Passions: the political theology of modern convictions. University of Amsterdam Press, April 2009 (PDF)
2001. Wages of Violence. Naming and Identity in Postcolonial Bombay. Princeton, Princeton University Press. (Link)
(Published simultaneously) by Permanent Black, New Delhi, under the title Urban Violence in India. Identity politics, Mumbai and the postcolonial city. 2001. (Link)
1999. The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in Modern India, Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Link)
(Published simultaneously) in South Asia by Oxford University Press under the same title. The latter edition was included in the Omnibus volume Hindu Nationalism and Indian Politics, edited by Pratap Bhanu Mehta. Oxford University Press, 2004. (Link)

Edited Books:

(In Press) New Hindutva. The rise of democratic authoritarianism in India, (edited by Srirupa Roy and T.B. Hansen) Cambridge University Press.
2019. Majoritarian State. How Hindu nationalism is Changing India. Edited with Christophe Jaffrelot and Angana Chatterji. London: Hurst and Co. (Link)
2005. Sovereign Bodies. Citizens, Migrants and States in the Postcolonial World. (Edited with Finn Stepputat) Princeton University Press. (Link)
2001. States of Imagination. Ethnographic Explorations of the Postcolonial State, edited by Hansen, T.B. and Stepputat, F. Durham (N.C.): Duke University Press. (Link)
1998. BJP and the Compulsions of Politics, edited with Christophe Jaffrelot .(Link)
(2001, 2nd edition with a new Introduction and Afterword) Delhi: Oxford University Press.(Link)
This volume was also included in Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s Omnibus volume Hindu Nationalism and Indian Politics, Oxford University Press, 2004. (Link)

Special Issues of Refereed Journals:

2020. Co-editor (with Eric Beverley) of special issue of the Journal of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. (vol. 40, Issue 3, December 2020, pp. 488-493) entitled “Rethinking Sovereignty, Colonial Empires, and Nation-States in South Asia and Beyond". (Link)
2015. Special Issue of the journal Identities (with Ravinder Kaur). “Aesthetics of Arrival. Spectacular Economy and Newness in Post-reform India” (PDF)
2009. Guest –editor of special issue (with Oskar Verkaaik) of Critique of Anthropology, co-authored introduction entitled “Urban Charisma. On the everyday mythologies in the city.” March 2009. (PDF)
2009. “Portable Spirits and Itinerant People. Religion and Migration in South Africa in a comparative Perspective”. Introductory essay and guest editor of African Studies, Vol. 68, no 2, August 2009. (PDF)

Selected Journal Articles (Refereed):

(Forthcoming) “Expelled from public memory: Cato Manor and the segregation of history in South Africa.” History and Anthropology.
(In Press) “Sovereignty in a Minor Key” Public Culture, Vol. 33 (1) Winter 2021.
2020 “The Force of Symbolic Power” Afterword in special issue of the Journal of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. (vol. 40, Issue 3, December 2020, pp. 488-493) entitled “Rethinking Sovereignty, Colonial Empires, and Nation-States in South Asia and Beyond". (Link)
2019 “Economies of segregation”, Contemporary South Asia, 27:2, 290-292, (Link)
Comment in a Book Forum on Ghazala Jamil’s Accumulation by Segregation (Oxford University Press 2017). (Link)
2019 ‘The state as an object of ethnographic inquiry’, Critical Themes in Indian Sociology. Edited by Sanjay Srivastava, Yasmeen Arif and Janaki Abraham. Sage Publications: New Delhi. (Link)
2018 “Civics, civility and race in post-apartheid South Africa.” Anthropological Theory Volume: 18 issue: 2-3, pages: 296-325. (Link)
2018 “Whose Public, Whose Authority? Reflections on the moral force of violence”, Modern Asian Studies. 52, 3 (2018) pp.1076–1087. (Link)
Special Issue entitled “The Politics of Order and Disturbance. Public Authority, sovereignty and Public Contestation in South Asia” Edited by Bart Klem and Bert Suykens. (Link)
2017 “On Law, Violence and Jouissance in India”, Cultural Anthropology Website, November 1, 2017. (Link)
2015. “Communalism, Democracy and Indian Capitalism’. Seminar. (New Delhi), Vol. 674, Oct. 2015. Pp. 40-44. (Link)
2015, “The Aesthetics of Arrival: spectacle, capital and novelty in post-reform India” Introduction, co-authored with Ravinder Kaur in 2015 in special Issue of Identities, 2016: vol 23, no. 3, 265-275. (PDF)
2015. Afterword “Citizenship as Horizon” in special issue of the journal Citizenship Studies, Vol 19, no. 2, 229-232. (PDF)
2014. “Migration, Religion and Post Imperial Formations.” Global Networks, vol 14(3), pp. 273-290. (PDF)
2011. “From Culture to Barbed Wire: on Houses and Walls in South Africa”, in special issue on ‘Walls’, in Texas International Law Journal, vol. 46 (Fall 2011). Pp. 345-353. (PDF)
2009. “The Political Theology of Violence in Modern India.” SAMAJ-Revue (on-line academic journal of South Asian studies edited in Paris) January, 2009. (PDF)
2009. “Urban Charisma. On the everyday mythologies in the city”,(with Oskar Verkaaik) in Critique of Anthropology, Vol 29 (1), 5-26. (PDF)
2006a. “Sovereignty Revisited’ Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol. 35, pp. 295-315. (PDF)
2006b. “Performers of Sovereignty. On the privatization of security in urban South Africa” Critique of Anthropology, August 2006. Special issue on State Violence, edited by Toby Kelly and Alpa Shah. (PDF)
2006c. “Sounds of freedom. Music, taxis and the racial imagination in post-apartheid South Africa’, in Public Culture 18 (1). (PDF)
2005a. ‘Melancholia of Freedom. Humor and Nostalgia among South African Indians.” in special issue of Journal of Modern Drama, Vol. XLVIII, No. 2, Summer 2005. (PDF)
2003. ‘Souveraene jenseits des Staates’ (in German) in Berliner Debatte Initial 14 (2003) 3. Pp. 18-28. Special issue entitled “Indien: Postkoloniale Moderne”. (PDF)
2000. ‘Predicaments of Secularism: Muslim Identities in Mumbai’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 6, no.2. (PDF)
2000. ‘Plays and Politics: Politics and Cultural Identity among South African Indians’ Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 26 (2). Translated into Italian and published in the journal Afriche e Orienti, (3), 2001, 40-48. (PDF)
1997. ‘Inside the Romanticist Episteme’,. Thesis Eleven, Number 48, February 1997, (pp. 21-41) (an earlier version was published in Social Scientist, New Delhi, Autumn, 1996, and an even earlier version in Arnfred, S (ed.) (1995), Occasional Paper no. 15, IDS, Roskilde). (PDF)
1996. ‘Recuperating Masculinity: Hindu nationalism, Violence and the Exorcising of the Muslim Other’, Critique of Anthropology, Vol. 16, no. 2, (pp. 137 - 72). (PDF)
1996. "Globalization and Nationalist Imagination. Hindutva's promise of equality through difference." Economic and Political Weekly Vol. 31,pp. 603-605+607-616. (PDF)
1996. ‘The Vernacularisation of Hindutva: Shiv Sena and BJP in Rural Maharashtra’, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Vol. 30, no. 2 (pp. 177 - 214). (PDF)
1994. ‘Controlled Emancipation: Women and Hindu nationalism’, (15 p.) in European Journal of Development Research, Vol. 6. no. 2, Dec, 1994. Also printed in Wilson, Fiona and Frederiksen, B. F. (eds.) (1994): Ethnicity, Gender and the Subversion of Nationalism, London, Frank Cass. (PDF)

Selected Book Chapters:

(Forthcoming) ‘The Political Activist’ in Figures of the Political in South Asia. Edited by Nayanika Mathur and Ravinder Kaur. Delhi: Penguin
(In Press) – “Social segregation, memory and everyday Hindutva in middle India” in New Hindutva. The rise of democratic authoritarianism in India, (edited by Srirupa Roy and T.B. Hansen) Cambridge University Press
(In Press) “When the Past is Tense: a democratic history of monuments in an Indian city.” in State of Democracy in India: Life and Politics in Contemporary Times. Edited by Manas Ray. Delhi: Primus Books (June 2021)
(In Press) “A history of distributed sovereignty. Trade, migration and rule in the Indian Ocean world.” In The Global Indian Ocean and the Liberal Order. Edited by Anatol Lieven and Harry Verhoeven. London: Hurst and Co. (September 2021)
2019. “Democracy against the Law. Reflections on India’s Illiberal Democracy” in Majoritarian State. How Hindu nationalism is changing India, London: Hurst and Co. (PDF)
2019. “Introduction” by Christophe Jaffrelot, Angana Chatterji and Thomas Blom Hansen, in Majoritarian State. How Hindu nationalism is changing India, London: Hurst and Co. (Link)
2014. “On narrative authority in the global cultural economy.” In Anthropology Now and Next: Diversity, Connections, Confrontations, Reflexivity. Edited by Christina Garsten. Oxford: Berghahn Books. (Link)
2014. “Religion” in A Companion to Urban Anthropology. Edited by Don Nonini. London: John Wiley and Sons. Pp. 364-380. (PDF)
2013, "Rethinking the city. Neighbors, strangers and public life in urban India", in Modernity and Citizenship: Challenges of Building Democratic India, edited by Surinder Jodhka. Delhi: Oxford University Press. (Link)
2012. “Secular Speech, Popular passion and Public Order in modern India’, in Anders Berg Sorensen (ed.) Contesting Secularism. London: Ashgate Publishing (2013). Pp. 207-231. (PDF)
2011. “Secular Speech and Popular Passion. Antinomies of Indian Secularism” in Winnifred Sullivan, Mateo Taussig (eds.) The Law and the Secular/Sacred Divide. Stanford University Press. Pp. 261-281. (Link)
2009a. “In Search of God’s Hand. Masculinity and Religion”. In Piety and Gender. Comparative Perspectives. Edited by Lene Sjoerup and Hilda Roemer Christensen. Brill: Leiden. (Link)
2009b “Anthropologists and other interpreters in the global cultural economy” (translated to Dutch) in edited volume on the future of anthropology, entitled Antropologie in een zee van verhalen, (Anthropology in a sea of narratives) edited by Thijl Sunier. Amsterdam: Aksant
2009c “The Unwieldy Fetish. Desire and Disavowal of Indianness in South Africa” in Eyes Across the Water edited by Pamila Gupta and Isabel Hofmeyr. Pretoria: UNISA Press. (Link)
2008a. “Race, Security and Racial Anxieties in the Post-apartheid City” in Gender and Urban Space. Edited by Martina Rieker. London: Palgrave. (Link)
2008b. “Reflections on Salman Rushdie’s Bombay” , in Midnight’s Diaspora. Critical Encounters with Salman Rushdie including a response from the author. Edited by Daniel Herwitz and Ashutosh Varshney. University of Michigan Press, 2008. (Link)
2008c. “Javeedbhai” article in the volume Muslim Portraits Edited by Mukulika Banerjee. Penguin (London and Delhi). (PDF)
2006. “Where names Fall Short: Naming and Forgetting in contemporary South Africa” In Barbara Bodenhorn and Gabriela vom Bruck (eds.) The Anthropology of Naming. Cambridge University Press. (Link)
2005a. ‘Sovereigns beyond the State. On Legality and Authority in Urban India’ in Sovereign Bodies… (edited by T.B. Hansen and F. Stepputat), Princeton University Press. (PDF)
2005b. ‘Sovereigns beyond the State. On Legality and Authority in Urban India’ in Ravinder Kaur (ed.) 2005. Religion, Violence and Political Mobilization in South Asia. New Delhi: Sage Publications. (PDF)
2005c. “Between Autochthony and Diaspora. Indians in the ‘New’ South Africa”. In Dislocating Nation States. Edited by Akio Tanabe et al. Kyoto University Press/ Trans Pacific Press (Melbourne). (Link)
2005d. ‘In Search of the Diasporic Self: Bollywood in South Africa.’ in Bollyworld, edited by Raminder Kaur and Ajay Sinha. London, Sage Publications. (Link)
2003. ‘Politics as Permanent Performance: on the production of authority in the locality’, in De-centering the Nation: Politics and Cultural Mobilisation in Contemporary India, edited by Andrew Wyatt and John Zavos, Sage Publications. (PDF)
2002. ‘After the Excess: race, racism and reconciliation in contemporary South Africa’ in Discrimination and Toleration, edited by K. Hastrup and G. Ullrich, Amsterdam, Kluwer Press. (PDF)
2001. ‘Governance and State Mythologies in Mumbai’ in States of Imagination. Ethnographic Explorations of the Postcolonial State. Durham: Duke University Press. (Link)
2000. ‘Governance and Myths of State in Mumbai’ in The Everyday State in India. Edited by Veronique Benei and C.J. Fuller. Delhi, Social Science Press. (PDF)
2000. ‘Bridging the Gulf: Migration and Modernity among Muslims in Mumbai’ in Crispin Bates (ed.) Empire, Migration, Community, London, Macmillan. (PDF)