A Companion to the Anthropology of India
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology 1. Aufl.
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
Notes on Contributors viii Acknowledgments xiii Introduction 1Isabelle Clark-Decès Part I Caste and Class in Liberal India 23 1 Demography for Anthropologists: Populations, Castes, and Classes 25Christophe Z. Guilmoto 2 Caste, Class, and Untouchability 45Robert Deliège 3 Great Expectations: Youth in Contemporary India 62Craig Jeffrey 4 The Modern Transformation of an Old Elite: The Case of the Tamil Brahmans 80C. J. Fuller 5 Caste and Collective Memory in South India 98Zoé 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 117Meredith Lindsay McGuire 7 Global Dancing in Kolkata 137Pallabi Chakravorty 8 Yoga, Modernity, and the Middle Class: Locating the Body in a World of Desire 154Joseph S. Alter 9 Tourism in India: The Moral Economy of Gender in Banaras 169Jenny Huberman 10 Crafts, Artisans, and the Nation-State in India 186Mira Mohsini 11 Crowds, Congestion, Conviviality: The Enduring Life of the Old City 202Ajay Gandhi Part III Cultures and Religion in the Making 223 12 Optic-Clash: Modes of Visuality in India 225Shaila Bhatti and Christopher Pinney 13 Hindu–Muslim Relations and the “War on Terror” 241Philippa Williams 14 Religious Synthesis at a Muslim Shrine 260Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi 15 Christianity: Culture, Identity, and Agency 277Mathew N. Schmalz Part IV Communalism, Nationalism, and Terrorism 295 16 The Politics of Communalism and Caste 297Ornit Shani 17 Violence, Aggression, and Militancy: Reexamining Gender, and Nonliberal Politics 313Tarini Bedi 18 India Burning: The Maoist Revolution 332Alpa Shah Part V Law, Governance, and Civil Society 353 19 Courts of Law and Legal Practice 355Daniela Berti 20 Law and Order: Police Encounter Killings and Routinized Political Violence 371Beatrice Jauregui 21 Civil Society and Politics: An Anthropological Perspective 389John Harriss 22 Discourses of Citizenship and Criminality in Clean, Green Delhi 407Yaffa Truelove and Emma Mawdsley 23 Toward an Anthropology of Water in Mumbai’s Settlements 426Nikhil Anand Part VI From Global India to the Ethnography of Change 443 24 Transnational India: Diaspora and Migration in the Anthropology of South Asia 445Leo Coleman 25 India Responds to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic: Unintended Consequences of Global Health Initiatives 464Cecilia Van Hollen 26 Cultures of the Psyche, Politics of Illness 482Sarah Pinto 27 Ways of Aging 500Sarah Lamb 28 The Decline of Dravidian Kinship in Local Perspectives 517Isabelle Clark-Decès Index 536
"This volume provides a useful framework for and discussion of the complexity and range of recently published research on the anthropologies of the Indian subcontinent in the era of globalization . . . Summing up: Essential. All libraries supporting graduate and undergraduate programs in anthropology, sociology, and history." (Choice, 1July 2011)
Isabelle Clark-Decès 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).
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. Contributions by leading experts present up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of key topics that include developments in 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. The broad variety of topics on Indian society is balanced with the larger global issues -- demographic, economic, social, cultural, political, religious, and others -- that have transformed the country since the end of colonization. Illuminating the continuity and diversity of Indian culture, A Companion to the Anthropology of India offers important insights into the myriad ways social scientists describe and analyze Indian society and its unique brand of modernity.
"This marvelous exploration of the ‘new' India is also a triumphant vindication of the old anthropological virtues of closely attending to the particularity of other people's lives." Jonathan Spencer, Professor of the Anthropology of South Asia, University of Edinburgh "This collection cuts loose from earlier ethnographic and theoretical interests to focus on India seen through the theoretical lens of globalization." Mattison Mines, University of California Santa Barbara "This is an excellent, highly readable, sample of current work on the social anthropology of India, a "must" for anyone interested in developments in Indian society today." Peter van der Veer, Director Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen "This exciting volume showcases the work of an array of established and younger scholars who are thinking about the astonishing changes happening in contemporary India. This book will be an invaluable guide to the sociological and anthropological rethinking of Indian society and culture." Akhil Gupta, UCLA
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