Everyday Life in South Asia, Second Edition

Everyday Life in South Asia, Second Edition

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This anthology provides a lively and stimulating view of the lives of ordinary citizens in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. For the second edition of this popular textbook, readings have been updated and new essays added. The result is a timely collection that explores key themes in understanding the region, including gender, caste, class, religion, globalization, economic liberalization, nationalism, and emerging modernities. New readings focus attention on the experiences of the middle classes, migrant workers, and IT professionals, and on media, consumerism, and youth culture. Clear and engaged writing makes this text particularly valuable for general and student readers, while the range of new and classic scholarship provides a useful resource for specialists.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 584 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 35.56mm | 816.46g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 28 b&w illus., 2 maps
  • 0253221943
  • 9780253221940
  • 666,811

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[T]he book offers keenly observed ethnographic snapshots, theorized by the authors and contextualized by the engaging section introductions. Indeed, the varied, rich, and sensitive portrayal of the ordinary (and extraordinary) lives of South Asians of vastly diverse backgrounds is just one of the volume's many strengths. * Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute * Everyday Life in South Asia . . . is extremely accessible and has plenty to offer as introductory material for a wide range of topics. * New Asia Books * Richly informative but accessible and user friendly for classroom use. . . . This excellent volume of essays belongs in many places-on the shelves of specialists and non-specialists alike. * Journal of Asian Studies *show more

About Sarah E. Lamb

Diane P. Mines is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Appalachian State University. She is author of Fierce Gods: Inequality, Ritual, and the Politics of Dignity in a South Indian Village (IUP, 2005).Sarah Lamb is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Brandeis University. She is author of White Saris and Sweet Mangoes: Aging, Gender and Body in North India and Aging and the Indian Diaspora: Cosmopolitan Families in India and Abroad (IUP, 2009).show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsNote on TransliterationIntroductionMapI. The Family and the Life Course Introduction1. One Straw from a Broom Cannot Sweep: The Ideology and Practice of the Joint Family in Rural North India Susan S. Wadley2. Allah Gives Both Boys and Girls Patricia Jeffery and Roger Jeffery3. "Out Here in Kathmandu": Youth and the Contradictions of Modernity in Urban Nepal Mark Liechty4. Rethinking Courtship, Marriage and Divorce in an Indian Call Center Cari Costanzo Kapur5. Love and Aging in Bengali Families Sarah LambII. GendersIntroduction6. New Light in the House: Schooling Girls in Rural North India Ann Grodzins Gold7. Offstage with Special Drama Actresses in Tamilnadu, South India: Roadwork Susan Seizer8. Breadwinners No More: Identities in Flux Michele Ruth Gamburd9. Life on the Margins: A Hijra's Story Serena Nanda10. Crossing "Lines" of Difference: Transnational Movements and Sexual Subjectivities in Hyderabad, India Gayatri ReddyIII. Caste, Class and CommunityIntroduction 11. Seven Prevalent Misconceptions about India's Caste System12. God-Chariots in a Garden of Castes: Hierarchy and Festival in a Hindu City Steven M. Parish13. High and Low Castes in Karani Viramma, with Josiane Racine and Jean Luc Racine14. Weakness, Worry Illness, and Poverty in the Slums of Dhaka Sabina Faiz Rashid 15. Anjali's Alliance: Class Mobility in Urban India Sara Dickey16. Recasting the Secular: Religion and Education in Kerala, India Ritty LukoseIV. Practicing ReligionIntroduction17. The Hindu Gods in a South Indian Village Diane P. Mines18. The Feast of Love McKim Marriott19. The Delusion of Gender and Renunciation in Buddhist Kashmir Kim Gutschow20. Muslim Village Intellectuals: The Life of the Mind in Northern Pakistan Magnus Marsden21. In Friendship: A Father, a Daughter and a Jinn Naveeda Khan22. Vernacular Islam atshow more

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