Published by Routledge
This book by one of the most accomplished sociologists working on contemporary Indian society explores the intersections between secular changes in the wider polity and economy of India and beyond. Using the lives of villagers as they progress through the domestic cycle in an area of western Uttar Pradesh, north India as case study to examine key changes in the political, economic and social environment, the authors analyse the impact of these changes at grass-root level. Based on original reserach over twenty years, pre and post liberalisation, this unique book provides a thorough analysis of India's changing environment.
Table of contents:
1. Introduction 2. India's Changing Political, Economic and Social Environment in a Global Context 3. Village Lives in western Uttar Pradesh, 1982-2002 4. Land, (Un)sustainable Livelihoods, Migration and Remittances 5. Changing Patterns of Family Life: Marriage, Dowry, and Consumerism 6. India's Population Policy and Villagers' Family Building 7. Health Care in India: Economic Liberalisation, Debt and Vulnerability 8. Conclusion
Patricia Jeffery is Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She is one of the leading experts in the field and has published widely on gender, reproductive health, education, population, politics, and religious communalism in India.