This book explores the quality of life among Badagas, an ethnic minority group in South India, as they navigate a society in flux, with specific reference to rural-to-urban migration and new media. At an empirical level, it reveals how Badagas understand themselves and the multifaceted changes in their culture and daily lives, exploring a pertinent concern at the forefront of debate about the future from a global perspective. The book draws attention to the fact that people are adopting flexible identities and lifestyles in an attempt to survive and thrive in a changing India and world, a new ‘Indian-ness’ shaped at the local level. It offers a timely update on previous research on Badagas, which dates to the 1990s, and also serves as an important case study on people’s experiences of the social and economic transformation of Indian society as they become accustomed to new ideas, products, and ways of life. As such, it is a must-read for all those interested in quality of life in India and developing societies.
|Publisher:||Springer International Publishing|
|Series:||SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2018|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Gareth Davey is a Visiting Professor and co-director of The Research Centre for Languages and Cultures at Yunnan Normal University, China. This book was completed at the University of Kent, UK. His research interests include quality of life, health, and environmental studies. He is co-editor of the book Happiness Across Cultures: Views of Happiness and Quality of Life in Non-Western Cultures (Springer, 2012).
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2. Methodology.- Chapter 3. Badagas going Digital.- Chapter 4. Migrant Stories.- Chapter 5. Conclusion.