Domestic Goddesses: Maternity, Globalization and Middle-class Identity in Contemporary India

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Social Science - 215 pages
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Henrike Donner looks at how middle-class women in India understand changing family life. Based on extensive fieldwork in Calcutta, he explores the ideas, practices and experiences women have of marriage, childbirth, their children's education and of their own identity.
 

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Pg. 18 of this book says" ......Frequently I was reminded of the fact that there were many early examples of such marriages......................., the religious reformer Swami Vivekanand, who married the Irish woman Margaret Noble( revered as Sister Nivedita in Bengal)........."
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Contents

Middleclass Domesticities and Maternities
31
Of Love Marriage and Intimacy
63
The Place of Birth
91
Education and the Making of Middleclass Mothers
123
Motherhood Food and the Body
155
Conclusion
179
Glossary
183
Bibliography
187
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Dr Henrike Donner's research explores the interplay of gender, kinship and reproductive change in relation to class and post-liberalisation policies. Since 1995 she has conducted fieldwork in Calcutta (Kolkata), India, which has focused on the transformation of marriage and conjugal ideals, medicalised birth and maternal bodies, food consumption and the impact of privatised healthcare and schooling on middle-class lifestyles. Her work is concerned with socio-economic change as part of the process of globalisation and the way class is reproduced through institutions like marriage and the family and constituted through gendered, everyday practices. She has also published on urban space and fieldwork in the postcolonial city. Her ongoing research deals with the legacy of the militant Naxalite movement that emerged in urban West Bengal and is concerned with personal experiences of radical politics in the 1970s.

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