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Domestic Goddesses: Maternity, Globalization and Middle-Class Identity in Contemporary India

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Based on extensive fieldwork in Calcutta, this book provides the first ethnography of how middleclass women in India understand and experience economic change through transformations of family life. It explores their ideas, practices and experiences of marriage, childbirth, reproductive change and their children's education, and addresses the impact that globalization is having on the new middleclasses in Asia more generally from a domestic perspective.By focusing on maternity, the book explores subjective understandings of the way intimate relationships and the family are affected by India's liberalization policies and the neoliberal ideologies that accompany through an analysis of often competing ideologies and multiple practices. And by drawing attention to women's agency as wives, mothers and grandmothers within these new frameworks, Domestic Goddesses discusses the experiences of different age groups affected by these changes. Through a careful analysis of women's narratives, the domestic sphere is shown to represent the key site for the remaking of Indian middleclass citizens in a global world.

Table of Contents

Middle-class domesticities and maternities — Of love, marriage and intimacy — The place of birth — Education and the making of middle-class mothers — Motherhood, food and the body.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780754689577
Publisher:
Ashgate Gower
Subject:
History : General
Author:
Donner, Henrike
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
India
Subject:
Calcutta
Subject:
Mothers
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Middle class families.
Subject:
Calcutta (India)
Subject:
Calcutta (India) Social conditions.
Subject:
Motherhood - India - Calcutta
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Parenting - Motherhood
Publication Date:
September 2008
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
230

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