Everyday Life in South Asia

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-07-16
  • Publisher: INDIANA UNIV PR

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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 in the field.

Author Biography

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).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Note on Transliterationp. xi
Mapp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
The Family and the Life Course
Introductionp. 9
One Straw from a Broom Cannot Sweep: The Ideology and Practice of the Joint Family in Rural North Indiap. 14
Allah Gives Both Boys and Girlsp. 26
˘Out Here in Kathmandu÷: Youth and the Contradictions of Modernity in Urban Nepalp. 40
Rethinking Courtship, Marriage, and Divorce in an Indian Call Centerp. 50
Love and Aging in Bengali Familiesp. 62
Introductionp. 75
New Light in the House: Schooling Girls in Rural North Indiap. 80
Roadwork: Offstage with Special Drama Actresses in Tamil Nadu, South Indiap. 94
Breadwinners No More: Identities in Fluxp. 110
Life on the Margins: A Hijra's Storyp. 124
Crossing ˘Lines÷ of Difference: Transnational Movements and Sexual Subjectivities in Hyderabad, Indiap. 132
Caste, Class, and Community
Introductionp. 145
Seven Prevalent Misconceptions about India'sp. 153
God-Chariots in a Garden of Castes: Hierarchy and Festival in a Hindu Cityp. 155
High and Low Castes in Karanip. 171
Weakness, Worry Illness, and Poverty in the Slums of Dhakap. 180
Anjali's Alliance: Class Mobility in Urban Indiap. 192
Recasting the Secular: Religion and Education in Kerala, Indiap. 206
Practicing Religion
Introductionp. 219
The Hindu Gods in a South Indian Villagep. 226
The Feast of Lovep. 238
The Delusion of Gender and Renunciation in Buddhist Kashmirp. 250
Muslim Village Intellectuals: The Life of the Mind in Northern Pakistanp. 263
In Friendship: A Father, a Daughter, and a Jinnp. 275
Vernacular Islam at a Healing Crossroads in Hyderabadp. 290
Introductionp. 309
Voices from the Partitionp. 314
A Day in the Lifep. 328
Living and Dying for Mother India: Hindu Nationalist Female Renouncers and Sacred Dutyp. 343
Political Praise in Tamil Newspapers: The Poetry and Iconography of Democratic Powerp. 354
Mala's Dream: Economic Policies, National Debates, and Sri Lankan Garment Workersp. 371
Interviews with High School Students in Eastern Sri Lankap. 384
Globalization, Public Culture, and the South Asian Diaspora
Introductionp. 399
Cinema in the Countryside: Popular Tamil Film and the Remaking of Rural Lifep. 406
Dangerous Desires: Erotics, Public Culture, and Identity in Late-Twentieth-Century Indiap. 421
A Diaspora Ramayana in Southallp. 436
British Sikh Lives, Lived in Translationp. 448
Examining the ˘Global÷ Indian Middle Class: Gender and Culture in the Silicon Valley/Bangalore Circuitp. 461
Placing Lives through Stories: Second-Generation South Asian Americansp. 472
Unexpected Destinationsp. 487
List of Referencesp. 503
List of Contributorsp. 545
Indexp. 549
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