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New publications by Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius: "India's Middle Class" and "Ritual Matters"

14. Jan. 2010

Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius, Cluster Professor of Visual and Media Anthropology has just published two new books: one monograph on "India's Middle Class" and, together with Ute Hüsken (Professor of Sanskrit at University of Oslo, Norway), a miscellany on "Ritual Matters".

India’s Middle Class - New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity

This book examines the complexities of lifestyles of the upwardly mobile middle classes in India in the context of economic liberalisation in the new millennium. Rich in ethnographic material, the work is based on empirical case-studies of urban, cosmopolitan India (through interviews and participatory observation), research material (such as grey literature, lifestyle magazines, homepages, advertisements), and illustrations (colourphotographs and posters). It analyses new social formations and aspirations, modes of consumption and ways of being in contemporary urban India, offering a model of how urban India might be studied and understood in a transnational and transcultural context.

Review by Mitu Sengupta (pdf, 570kb)
Abstract Review (pdf, 440kb)

rs - Dynamic Dimensions in Practice
Editors: Christiane Brosius & Ute Hüsken

There is a general perception that rituals are invariable, static and unchangeable, that they follow strict rules and norms, and are highly repetitive. In contrast to this prevalent view, this volume suggests that in fact change and transfer, invention and reinvention are the norm of rituals. Furthermore, rather than being clearly separated from everyday life, rituals are usually part of everyday life and must be explored within their social, political and historical context of production and enactment.

Bibliographical information:

Brosius, Christiane: India’s Middle Class - New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity, Routledge, 2010

Brosius, Christiane; Hüsken, Ute (ed.): Ritual Matters - Dynamic Dimensions in Practice, Routledge, 2010



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