9780253221001

Aging and the Indian Diaspora

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  • ISBN13:

    9780253221001

  • ISBN10:

    0253221005

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-15
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

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).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Translation and Transliteration
Introduction: The Remaking of Aging
The Production of Tradition, Modernity, and a New Middle Class
The Rise of Old Age Homes in India
Becoming an Elder-Abode Member
Tea and the Forest: Making a Western Institution Indian
Living Alone as a Way of Life
Moving Abroad
Changing Families and the State
Afterword
Notes
References
Index
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