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Description - White Saris and Sweet Mangoes by Sarah Lamb

This ethnography explores beliefs and practices surrounding ageing in a rural Bengali village. The author focuses on how villagers' visions of ageing are tied to the making and unmaking of gendered selves and social relations over a lifetime. She uses a focus on age as a means nor only to open up new ways of thinking about south Asia social life, but also to contribute to contemporary theories of gender, the body, and culture, which have been hampered, the book argues, by a static focus o youth. The author's own experiences in the village are an integral part of her book and ably convey the cultural particularities of rural Bengali life and Bengali notions of modernity. In exploring ideals of family life and the intricate interrelationships between and within generations, she enables us to understand how people in the village construct, and deconstruct, their lives. At the same time her study extends beyond India to contemporary attitudes about ageing in the United States. This book is about deeply human issues and should be of interest not only to specialists in south Asian culture, but to anyone interested in families, ageing, gender, religion, and the body.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520220010
ISBN-10: 0520220013
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 323
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 22-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sarah Lamb

Sarah Lamb is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University.