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Ambivalent Encounters: Childhood, Tourism, and Social Change in Banaras, India (Series in Childhood Studies)

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Although it is commonly believed that deafness and disability limits a person in a variety of ways, Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India describes the two as a source of value in postcolonial India. Michele Friedner argues that the experiences of deaf people offer an important portrayal of contemporary self-making and sociality under new regimes of labor and economy in India.and#160;
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Friedner contends that deafness actually becomes a source of value for deaf Indians as they interact with nongovernmental organizations, with employers in the global information technology sector, and with the state. In contrast to previous political economic moments, deaf Indians increasingly depend less on the state for education and employment, and instead turn to novel and sometimes surprising spaces such as NGOs, multinational corporations, multilevel marketing businesses, and churches that attract deaf congregants. They also gravitate towards each other. Their social practices may be invisible to outsiders because neither the state nor their families have recognized Indian Sign Language as legitimate, but deaf Indians collectively learn sign language, which they use among themselves, and they also learn the importance of working within the structures of their communities to maximize their opportunities. and#160;
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Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India analyzes how diverse deaf people become oriented toward each other and disoriented from their families and other kinship networks. More broadly, this book explores how deafness, deaf sociality, and sign language relate to contemporary society.and#160;
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This ethnographic study brings together scholarship on the anthropology of childhood, tourism, consumption, and exchange to examine how and why children working as unlicensed peddlers and tourist guides along the waterfront of Banaras, India, a popular and iconic tourist destination, elicit such powerful reactions from western visitors and locals in their community and explores how the children themselves experience their work and render it meaningful.

Synopsis:

Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India analyzes how diverse deaf people become oriented toward each other and disoriented from their families and other kinship networks. Michele Friedner argues that the experiences of deaf people offer an important portrayal of contemporary self-making and sociality under new regimes of labor and economy in India. More broadly, this book explores how deafness, deaf sociality, and sign language relate to contemporary society.and#160;
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Synopsis:

Jenny Huberman provides an ethnographic study of encounters between western tourists and the children who work as unlicensed peddlers and guides along the riverfront city of Banaras, India. She examines how and why these children elicit such powerful reactions from western tourists and locals in their community as well as how the children themselves experience their work and render it meaningful.

Ambivalent Encounters brings together scholarship on the anthropology of childhood, tourism, consumption, and exchange to ask why children emerge as objects of the international tourist gaze; what role they play in representing socio-economic change; how children are valued and devalued; why they elicit anxieties, fantasies, and debates; and what these tourist encounters teach us more generally about the nature of human interaction. It examines the role of gender in mediating experiences of social changeandmdash;girls are praised by locals for participating constructively in the informal tourist economy while boys are accused of deviant behavior. Huberman is interested equally in the childrenandrsquo;s and adultsandrsquo; perspectives; her own experiences as a western visitor and researcher provide an intriguing entry into her interpretations.

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About the Author

JENNY HUBERMAN is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Missouriandndash;Kansas City.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Note on Translation and Transliteration

PART 1: Introductions

1. Children, Tourists, and Locals

2. A Tourist Town

PART 2: Conceptions of Children

3. Girls and Boys on the Ghats

4. Innocent Children or Little Adults?

5. The Minds and Hearts of Children

PART 3: Conceptions of Value

6. Earning, Spending, Saving

7. Something Extra

8. Money, Gender, and the (Im)morality of Exchange

9. Conclusion

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813554068
Author:
Huberman, Jennifer
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Author:
Huberman, Jenny
Author:
Friedner, Michele Ilana
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Discrimination & Race Relations
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Series in Childhood Studies
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 photograph, 7 figures
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

This ethnographic study brings together scholarship on the anthropology of childhood, tourism, consumption, and exchange to examine how and why children working as unlicensed peddlers and tourist guides along the waterfront of Banaras, India, a popular and iconic tourist destination, elicit such powerful reactions from western visitors and locals in their community and explores how the children themselves experience their work and render it meaningful.

"Synopsis" by ,
Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India analyzes how diverse deaf people become oriented toward each other and disoriented from their families and other kinship networks. Michele Friedner argues that the experiences of deaf people offer an important portrayal of contemporary self-making and sociality under new regimes of labor and economy in India. More broadly, this book explores how deafness, deaf sociality, and sign language relate to contemporary society.and#160;
and#160;
"Synopsis" by ,

Jenny Huberman provides an ethnographic study of encounters between western tourists and the children who work as unlicensed peddlers and guides along the riverfront city of Banaras, India. She examines how and why these children elicit such powerful reactions from western tourists and locals in their community as well as how the children themselves experience their work and render it meaningful.

Ambivalent Encounters brings together scholarship on the anthropology of childhood, tourism, consumption, and exchange to ask why children emerge as objects of the international tourist gaze; what role they play in representing socio-economic change; how children are valued and devalued; why they elicit anxieties, fantasies, and debates; and what these tourist encounters teach us more generally about the nature of human interaction. It examines the role of gender in mediating experiences of social changeandmdash;girls are praised by locals for participating constructively in the informal tourist economy while boys are accused of deviant behavior. Huberman is interested equally in the childrenandrsquo;s and adultsandrsquo; perspectives; her own experiences as a western visitor and researcher provide an intriguing entry into her interpretations.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

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