Journals Higher Education



15 June 2009

336 Pages | 30 color illust

5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches

ISBN: 9780198060833

Bookseller Code (06)

Freedom and Destiny

Gender, Family, and Popular Culture in India

Edited by Patricia Uberoi

This volume of seven essays on themes of family and gender in Indian popular culture seeks to commend popular culture as an important resource for sociological insights into contemporary social issues and processes. Drawing its material from three popular media--'calendar art' (popular chromolithography), commercial (Bollywood cinema), and magazine romance fiction--the essays bring a gender-sensitive perspective to bear on the representation of the family, of childhood, of courtship and conjugality, of arranged and love marriage, of femininity and masculinity, and of sexuality within and outside marriage, as well as on the wider dilemmas and dynamics of Indian modernity and nation-building. Freedom and Destiny explores the contradictions in the moral economy of Indian family life as these are projected in the contemporary popular media.


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