Aging and the Indian Diaspora

Aging and the Indian Diaspora : Cosmopolitan Families in India and Abroad

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The proliferation of old age homes and increasing numbers of elderly living alone are startling new phenomena in India. These trends are related to extensive overseas migration and the transnational dispersal of families. In this moving and insightful account, Sarah Lamb shows that older persons are innovative agents in the processes of social-cultural change. Lamb's study probes debates and cultural assumptions in both India and the United States regarding how best to age; the proper social-moral relationship among individuals, genders, families, the market, and the state; and ways of finding meaning in the human life course.
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  • Electronic book text | 363 pages
  • Bloomington, United States
  • English
  • 0253003601
  • 9780253003607

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"Aging and the Indian Diaspora is lucidly written and solidly argued....It should enjoy a wide readership among scholars of cross-cultural gerontology, aswell as among those concerned with issues of family change among middle-classdiasporic communities in the contemporary world. The book is also very well suitedfor classroom use, especially in advanced undergraduate courses on either of thesetopics." -- American Anthropologist, Vol. 112, No. 4, December 2010
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About Sarah Lamb

Sarah Lamb is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University. She is author of White Saris and Sweet Mangoes: Aging, Gender and Body in North India and co-editor of Everyday Life in South Asia (IUP, 2002).
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