Within the Limits: Moral Boundaries of Class and Gender in Urban India
Australia India Institute, the University of Melbourne
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Join us as we launch Dr Amanda Gilbertson's new book, Within the Limits.
India’s ‘new’ middle classes have gained increasing prominence in media, political, and public imaginings since the liberalization of the economy in the 1990s. As a growing number of Indians living in an extraordinary variety of socio-economic circumstances are identifying as middle class, a concrete definition of this category remains elusive. Within the Limits explores what being ‘middle class’ means to those who identify as such.
Set against the backdrop of the south Indian city of Hyderabad, this work highlights the importance of moralised language of respectability and cosmopolitanism in the production of class and gender in India. The book charts how diverse understandings of the moral limits of middle-class being shape consumption patterns, education strategies, attitudes toward caste, shifting marriage ideals, and youth cultures of fashion and dating in the city.
The launch will be followed by drinks and refreshments.