Within the Limits: Moral Boundaries of Class and Gender in Urban India by Amanda GilbertsonWithin the Limits: Moral Boundaries of Class and Gender in Urban India by Amanda Gilbertson

Within the Limits: Moral Boundaries of Class and Gender in Urban India

byAmanda Gilbertson

Hardcover | February 1, 2018

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The post-liberalization era of the Indian economy has given birth to a burgeoning middle class who has gained increasing prominence in the political and cultural imagination of the nation. Many erstwhile scholars have attempted to concretely define the size and scope of the middle class inIndia only to accede to the extraordinary variety of people living in multiple socio-economic circumstances, identifying with this class. This book thus explores what being middle class means to those who claim to belong to this class. Drawing on ethnographic material from the South Indian city ofHyderabad, the author highlights the centrality of moral discourses in the production of class and gender in urban India. She explores school education patterns, shifting marriage ideals, and youth cultures such as dating and fashion to understand the new middle class world view. This world view,the work asserts, is built around developing cosmopolitan sensibilities within traditional caste-class and gender boundaries. The work also looks at the power of such a world view to naturalize and legitimize gender and class-caste hierarchies.
Amanda Gilbertson has been at the University of Melbourne since 2014, previously as a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences and currently as Lecturer in Youth and Contemporary India at the Australia India Institute. She received a DPhil in Anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2012. Her res...
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Title:Within the Limits: Moral Boundaries of Class and Gender in Urban IndiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:February 1, 2018Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199477426

ISBN - 13:9780199477425

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