The Fall Of Gods: Memory, Kinship, And Middle Classes In South India.

The Fall Of Gods: Memory, Kinship, And Middle Classes In South India

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ISBN details

  • ISBN 10: 019946930
  • ISBN 13: 9780199469307


The book explores the relationship between colonial history, family memories and class mobility in 20th century South India. Drawing from a prolonged research conducted with Malayali middle classes in Kerala and in the diaspora, it focuses on how the past is recalled among contemporarymiddle-class families to voice ideas and experience kinship, and how the latter are imbricated in intergenerational projects of class mobility. The book delves into how important domains of gendered family relations such as houses, marriage, parenthood, love and affection and genealogicaltransmission have changed across Malayali history, and the shape they take among contemporary urban and rural middle-classes. The book offers original insights on the continuities and differences between, on the one hand, traditional (colonial) middle classes and, on the other, the so called "new" middle classes as they developed since 1990s liberalising India. It explores the links between migration, memory andrelatedness in both periods. The book originally contributes to two interrelated and under-theorised fields within social sciences. Firstly, it addresses the need to develop further our understanding of the relation between gendered family relations and class mobility. Secondly, it unravels thecomplex and ambivalent relation between political history, memory and the 'private' domain of kinship relations.

Other Details

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press,
  • Language: Eng English
  • Format: 1 online resource (xiii, 337 pages) : Illustrations.
  • Dimensions: computer
  • Authors: Gallo, Ester (author.)