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

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


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138903920
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/17/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations vii

Glossary ix

Acknowledgements xi

1 Introduction Amita Baviskar Raka Ray 1

Who are the middle classes? Economy, politics and history

2 The Growth and Sectoral Composition of India's Middle Classes: Their Impact on the Politics of Economic liberalization E. Sridharan 27

3 Hegemony and Inequality: Theoretical Reflections on India's 'New' Middle Class Leela Fernandas 58

4 The Spectre of Comparisons: Studying the Middle Class of Colonial India Sanjay Joshi 83

5 From Landed Class to Middle Class: Rajput Adaptation in Rajasthan Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Lloyd I. Rudolph 108

6 Are Rich Rural Jats Middle-class? Roger Jeffery Patricia Jeffery Craig Jeffrey 140

Being and becoming middle-class: Work, domesticity and consumption

7 Software and the 'New' Middle Class in the 'New India' Carol Upadhya 167

8 Gender, the IT Revolution and the Making of a Middle-class India Smitha Radhakrishnan 193

9 The Middle-class Child: Ruminations on Failure Nita Kumar 220

10 The Middle Classes at Home Seemin Qayum Raka Ray 246

11 The Sexual Character of the Indian Middle Class: Sex Surveys, Past and Present Patricia Uberoi 271

12 Privatization, Profit and the Public: The Consequences of Neoliberal Reforms on Working Lives Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase Timothy J. Scrase 300

Middle-class politics, citizenship and the public sphere

13 The Obscenity of Censorship: Rethinking a Middle-class Technology William Mazzarella 327

14 Urban Spaces, Disney-divinity and the Moral Middle Classes in Delhi Sanjay Srivastava 364

15 Cows, Cars and Cycle-rickshaws: Bourgeois Environmentalists and the Battle for Delhi's Streets Amita Baviskar 391

Bibliography 419

About the Editors 451

Notes on Contributors 453

Index 459

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