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The Indian Family in Transition
Reading Literary and Cultural Texts

Edited by:
  • Sanjukta Dasgupta - Former Head, Dept of English and Former Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
  • Malashri Lal - University of Delhi, India

© 2008 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Includes "A Dialog with Amartya Sen".

This book critiques literary and cultural representations of the Indian family to explore the manner in which the family and its structure are in transition. The papers explore and expose how the Indian family, whether in India or in diaspora, needs to be redefined in the current context—in this age of rapid industrialization, cultural and economic globalization, and the emergence of new technologies.

The family is viewed from a variety of perspectives, as represented in film, theatre, and literature—both English and vernacular. Including reflective pieces by several well-known scholars, this volume offers a holistic understanding of local and global shifts and fissures that shape the family today.
 
PART ONE: COLONIAL FAMILIES: RE-VISITING TRADITION
Judith E. Walsh
As the Husband, so the Wife
Old Patriarchy, New Patriarchy and Misogyny in One Late 19th Century Domestic Science Manual  
 
PART TWO: POSTCOLONIAL FAMILIES: SOCIO-ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES
Mukul Mukherjee
Women and Agency
Vignettes from Indian Families  
Sarah Lamb
Modern Families and Independent Living
Reflections on Contemporary Aging  
Bonita Aleaz
Women and the Naga Family Today
Communitarianism in Practice  
 
PART THREE: LITERARY REPRESENTATIONS
Jayita Sengupta
Society, Family and the Self in Indian Fiction
Esha Dey
Imagined Family
Pangs of Transition  
Irma Maini
The Politics of Home and Food in Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies
Pushpa Bhave
Representations of the Family in Marathi Dalit Autobiography
Sutapa Chaudhuri
Real and Imagined Gujarati Families: Shifting Positionalities of Gender in Contemporary Writings by Gujarati Women
Arpa Ghosh
Hypocrisy and Hollowness in the Indian Joint Family
A Study of Mahesh Dattani's plays  
N. Venugopal Rao
Reflections of Family and Women in Telugu Literature
A Look at Women's Fiction  
Mary Mathew
Globalization and Diasporic Family Dynamics
Reconciling the Old and the New  
Naina Dey
Food, Family, Widowhood in Ashapurna Devi's Short fiction
M. Sridhar and Alladi Uma
The Self and the Family in Telugu Women's Poetry
 
PART FOUR: CULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS
Shoma A Chatterji
The Family in Flux
The Decimated Family in Rituparno Ghosh's Films  
Meghna Gulzar
The 'Reel' Indian Family
Reflections from Celluloid  
 
PART FIVE: MEMOIR
Meena Alexander
Hunting for Fish
A Poem  
Vidya Bal
The Family
As I Saw It, As I See It  
Nonda Chatterjee
Thoughts on Home…
Shashi Deshpande
Looking Back
Makarand Paranjape
Small-Scale Reflections on an Ancestral Home
Uma Parameswaran
Indian Families in the World
Forty Years in Manitoba  
 
PART SIX: DIALOGUE
Sanjukta Dasgupta and Malashri Lal
A Dialogue with Amartya Sen

The essays in this volume cover a wide array of perspectives and material from sociological study and statistical analysis to personal memoirs and a poem…. [The Authors] have done a creditable job of balancing diversity and depth, readability and research.

Contributions to Indian Sociology

This volume is an illuminating exposition of Indian families in transition through critical literature study from the colonial period to the present. The students of anthropology and sociology will find this book very interesting for understanding Indian family life and culture change through generations.

South Asian Anthropologist

The book provides an authentic account of the way the Indian family has evolved from colonial times to the modern period.

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