This book analyses the dynamics of the development of family structure in India over the past few decades. It captures the diversities and challenges of contemporary families and provides a culture and region-specific overview of how families adapt and change generationally.
The book explores the paradigms of understanding family life in India through illustrations which trace patterns of family formations in the context of large-scale social, economic and media-driven changes. Besides discussing the ongoing debates on the sociology of family, the chapters in this volume also look at diverse families experiencing poverty, conflict and displacement and demystifies families with members having a disability or non-normative sexual orientation.
The book will be useful to students and researchers of various disciplines, such as sociology, social work, family studies, women’s studies and anthropology.
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Mahima Nayar and Srilatha Juvva 1 New faces of the Indian family in the 21st century: some explorations Tulsi Patel 2 Family studies in India: historical development, debates, and future directions B. Devi Prasad 3 Media, technology and family: the changing dynamics of interaction Tara Nair 4 A slum and a desert: structural violence perspective on the survival of families experiencing poverty Ruchi Sinha and Pekham Basu 5 Families in conflict zones: the case of Central India Ilina Sen 6 Women, family and the everyday struggle facing conflicts: a case of Kashmir Farrukh Faheem 7 Making sense: familial journeys towards acceptance of gay and lesbian family members in India Ketki Ranade, Chayanika Shah and Sangeeta Chatterji 8 Deaf families: understanding issues of two generations Sandhya Limaye 9 Families of the future: some reflections B. Devi Prasad and Srilatha Juvva Index
B. Devi Prasad is a former professor, Centre for Equity and Justice for Children and Families, School of Social Work (SSW), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Srilatha Juvva is a professor, Centre for Equity and Justice for Children and Families, School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Mahima Nayar is a psychiatric social worker and an independent researcher working in the areas of disability, mental health, women, children and families.