India's Middle Class: New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity

India's Middle Class: New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity

by Christiane Brosius

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ISBN-13: 9781136704833
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Series: Cities and the Urban Imperative
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 404
Sales rank: 1,033,665
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Christiane Brosius is Professor of Visual and Media Anthropology at the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows’, Heidelberg University.

Table of Contents

Plates vii

Abbreviations xi

Preface xiii

Introduction to this Edition xix

Introduction: India Shining 1

Part I Belonging to the World-Class City

1 The City Fantastic 51

2 The Enclaved Gaze: Living Abroad in India 65

3 'Insulate!' The Celebration of New Gated Habitats 91

4 Taming the Public City and other Colonial Hangovers 108

5 Ordering the City and its Citizens 127

Part II A Spiritual Mega-Experience: The Akshardham Cultural Complex

6 Who is Who at the ACC? 161

7 A Question of Authenticity 174

8 A Hierarchy of Ritual Performances 186

9 Theme Park Antecedents and Indigenous Concepts of Leisure Religion 208

10 Code-Switching and Code-Clashing 217

11 Critics and Sceptics 248

Part III 'Masti! Masti!' Managing Love, Romance and Beauty

12 'For Whom the Bell Rings': Arranging Marriage 269

13 'All You Need is Wellness' and a Good Body 307

Conclusion: 'Indianising' Modernity 325

Glossary 345

Bibliography 347

About the Author 371

Index 373

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