Based on ethnographic research, this book explores the ways in which elite women use and view money in order to construct identities – of class, status, and gender. Drawing on their everyday worlds, it tracks the intricate and contested meanings they attach to money. Focusing on weddings, travel, and spirituality, Parul Bhandari delineates the entitlements and privileges as well as the obsessions and vulnerabilities that underlie the construction of class, the shaping of elite cultures, and the curating of femininity. As such, this book offers an innovative account of the interplay between money, modernity, class, and gender.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Fashion and Travels 3. Weddings, Opulence, and Hospitality 4. Hindu Glamour: Of Invitations, Hierarchies, and Snubs 5.Epilogue
About the Series
The volumes in this Focus series shall explore quotidian claims made on the modern – understood as idea and image, practice and procedure – as part of everyday articulations of modernity on the Indian sub-continent. Here, the category-entity of the subject refers not only to social actors who have been active participants in historical processes of modernity, but as equally implying branch of learning and area of study, topic and theme, question and matter, and issue and business. Our effort would be to address such modern subjects in a range of distinct yet overlaying ways.
Its titles would address the queries and concepts entailed in earlier explorations of the modern and recent reconsiderations of modernity by focusing on a clutch of common and critical questions. Our bid is not to indolently exorcize aggrandizing representations of modernity as the West, but to prudently track instead the play of such projections in the commonplace unraveling of the modern in India today.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
- SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
- SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
- SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
- SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies