Elite and Everyman

Elite and Everyman : The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes

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This book examines the middle classes - who they are and what they do - and their influence in shaping contemporary cultural politics in India. Describing the historical emergence of these classes, from the colonial period to contemporary times, it shows how the middle classes have changed, with older groups shifting out and new entrants taking place, thereby transforming the character and meanings of the category. The essays in this volume observe multiple sites of social action (workplaces and homes, schools and streets, cinema and sex surveys, temples and tourist hotels) to delineate the lives of the middle classes and show how middle-class definitions and desires articulate hegemonic notions of the normal and the normative.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 27.94mm | 588g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • CRC Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1138903922
  • 9781138903920
  • 1,134,737

About Raka Ray

Amita Baviskar is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. Raka Ray is Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asia Studies, and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction Amita Baviskar and Raka Ray 2. The growth and sectoral composition of Indiaâs middle classes: Their impact on the politics of economic liberalization E. Sridharan 3. Hegemony and inequality: Theoretical reflections on Indiaâs ânewâ middle class Leela Fernanades 4. The spectre of comparisons: Studying the middle class of colonial India Sanjay Joshi 5. From landed class to middle class: Rajput adaptation in Rajasthan Susanne Hoeber Rudolph and Lloyd I. Rudolph 6. Are rich rural Jats middle-class? Roger Jeffery, Patricia Jeffery and Craig Jeffrey 7. Software and the ânewâ middle class in the ânew Indiaâ Carol Upadhya 8. Gender, the IT revolution and the making of a middle-class India Smitha Radhakrishnan 9. The middle-class child: Ruminations on failure Nita Kumar 10. The middle classes at home Seemin Qayum and Raka Ray 11. The sexual character of the Indian middle class: Sex surveys, past and present Patricia Uberoi 12. Privatization, profit and the public: The consequences of neoliberal reforms on working lives Ruchira Ganguly Scrase and Timothy J. Scrase 13. The obscenity of censorship: Rethinking a middle-class technology William Mazzarella 14. Urban spaces, Disney-divinity and the moral middle classes in Delhi Sanjay Srivastava 15. Cows, cars and cycle-rickshaws: Bourgeois environmentalists and the battle for Delhi streets Amita Baviskar. Bibliography. About the Editors. Notes on Contributors. Indexshow more