A Companion to the Anthropology of India (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Anthropology)

A Companion to the Anthropology of India (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Anthropology)

By: Isabelle Clark-Deces (editor)Hardback

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A Companion to the Anthropology of India offers a broad overview of the rapidly evolving scholarship on Indian society from the earliest area studies to views of India s globalization in the twenty-first century. * Provides readers with an important new introduction to the anthropology of India * Explores the larger global issues that have transformed India since the end of colonization, including demographic, economic, social, cultural, political, and religious issues * Contributions by leading experts present up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of key topics such as population and life expectancy, civil society, social-moral relationships, caste and communalism, youth and consumerism, the new urban middle class, environment and health, tourism, public and religious cultures, politics and law * Represents an authoritative guide for professional social and cultural anthropologists, and South Asian specialists, and an accessible reference work for students engaged in the analysis of India s modern transformation

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Isabelle Clark-Deces is Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Program in South Asian Studies at Princeton University. Her books include The Encounter Never Ends: Return to the Field of Tamil Rituals (2007).


Notes on Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1 Isabelle Clark-Deces

Part I Caste and Class in Liberal India 23

1 Demography for Anthropologists: Populations, Castes, and Classes 25 Christophe Z. Guilmoto

2 Caste, Class, and Untouchability 45 Robert Deliege

3 Great Expectations: Youth in Contemporary India 62 Craig Jeffrey

4 The Modern Transformation of an Old Elite: The Case of the Tamil Brahmans 80 C. J. Fuller

5 Caste and Collective Memory in South India 98 Zoe E. Headley

Part II Cities, Cosmopolitan Styles, and Urban Critics 115

6 How to Sit, How to Stand : Bodily Practice and the New Urban Middle Class 117 Meredith Lindsay McGuire

7 Global Dancing in Kolkata 137 Pallabi Chakravorty

8 Yoga, Modernity, and the Middle Class: Locating the Body in a World of Desire 154 Joseph S. Alter

9 Tourism in India: The Moral Economy of Gender in Banaras 169 Jenny Huberman

10 Crafts, Artisans, and the Nation-State in India 186 Mira Mohsini

11 Crowds, Congestion, Conviviality: The Enduring Life of the Old City 202 Ajay Gandhi

Part III Cultures and Religion in the Making 223

12 Optic-Clash: Modes of Visuality in India 225 Shaila Bhatti and Christopher Pinney

13 Hindu Muslim Relations and the War on Terror 241 Philippa Williams

14 Religious Synthesis at a Muslim Shrine 260 Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

15 Christianity: Culture, Identity, and Agency 277 Mathew N. Schmalz

Part IV Communalism, Nationalism, and Terrorism 295

16 The Politics of Communalism and Caste 297 Ornit Shani

17 Violence, Aggression, and Militancy: Reexamining Gender, and Nonliberal Politics 313 Tarini Bedi

18 India Burning: The Maoist Revolution 332 Alpa Shah

Part V Law, Governance, and Civil Society 353

19 Courts of Law and Legal Practice 355 Daniela Berti

20 Law and Order: Police Encounter Killings and Routinized Political Violence 371 Beatrice Jauregui

21 Civil Society and Politics: An Anthropological Perspective 389 John Harriss

22 Discourses of Citizenship and Criminality in Clean, Green Delhi 407 Yaffa Truelove and Emma Mawdsley

23 Toward an Anthropology of Water in Mumbai s Settlements 426 Nikhil Anand

Part VI From Global India to the Ethnography of Change 443

24 Transnational India: Diaspora and Migration in the Anthropology of South Asia 445 Leo Coleman

25 India Responds to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic: Unintended Consequences of Global Health Initiatives 464 Cecilia Van Hollen

26 Cultures of the Psyche, Politics of Illness 482 Sarah Pinto

27 Ways of Aging 500 Sarah Lamb

28 The Decline of Dravidian Kinship in Local Perspectives 517 Isabelle Clark-Deces

Index 536

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  • publication date: 04/02/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781405198929
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 568
  • ID: 9781405198929
  • weight: 1148
  • ISBN10: 1405198923

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