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Aging and the Indian Diaspora: Cosmopolitan Families in India and Abroad Sarah Lamb Indiana University Press


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“A timely investigation of remarkable, extraordinarily rapid, and previously unimaginable changes taking place within India’s urban middle-class families…. Beautifully written and readable… ethnographically rich and theoretically astute.” — Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University

(Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University 2010)

“Sarah Lamb’s compassionate voice and reflexive insights weave around the moving narratives of Bengali elders in this beautifully written, theoretically sophisticated ethnography. A classic in the anthropology of India, comparative modernities, and aging.” — Kirin Narayan, author of My Family and Other Saints

(Kirin Narayan, author of My Family and Other Saints 2010)

“This is a book that is accessible as well as significant, fun to read and with important applications to both theory and practice in several domains…. Many of Lamb’s informants are memorable and illustrate her point that agency remains among elders, that it is not just youth who initiate and think well about social change. The photos add to the quality of immediacy and liveliness. This is a recommended reading!” — H-Asia Reviews, February 2010

(H-Asia Reviews )

“Aging and the Indian Diaspora is lucidly written and solidly argued…. It should enjoy a wide readership among scholars of cross-cultural gerontology, as well as among those concerned with issues of family change among middle-class diasporic communities in the contemporary world. The book is also very well suited for classroom use, especially in advanced undergraduate courses on either of these topics.” — American Anthropologist, Vol. 112, No. 4, December 2010

(American Anthropologist )

Sarah Lamb is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University. She is author of White Saris and Sweet Mangoes: Aging, Gender and Body in North India and co-editor of Everyday Life in South Asia (IUP, 2002).

The proliferation of old age homes and increasing numbers of elderly living alone are startling new phenomena in India. These trends are related to extensive overseas migration and the transnational dispersal of families. In this moving and insightful account, Sarah Lamb shows that older persons are innovative agents in the processes of social-cultural change. Lamb’s study probes debates and cultural assumptions in both India and the United States regarding how best to age; the proper social-moral relationship among individuals, genders, families, the market, and the state; and ways of finding meaning in the human life course.

“A timely investigation of remarkable, extraordinarily rapid, and previously unimaginable changes taking place within India’s urban middle-class families…. Beautifully written and readable… ethnographically rich and theoretically astute.” — Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University

“Sarah Lamb’s compassionate voice and reflexive insights weave around the moving narratives of Bengali elders in this beautifully written, theoretically sophisticated ethnography. A classic in the anthropology of India, comparative modernities, and aging.” — Kirin Narayan, author of My Family and Other Saints

“This is a book that is accessible as well as significant, fun to read and with important applications to both theory and practice in several domains…. Many of Lamb’s informants are memorable and illustrate her point that agency remains among elders, that it is not just youth who initiate and think well about social change. The photos add to the quality of immediacy and liveliness. This is a recommended reading!” — H-Asia Reviews, February 2010

“Aging and the Indian Diaspora is lucidly written and solidly argued…. It should enjoy a wide readership among scholars of cross-cultural gerontology, as well as among those concerned with issues of family change among middle-class diasporic communities in the contemporary world. The book is also very well suited for classroom use, especially in advanced undergraduate courses on either of these topics.” — American Anthropologist, Vol. 112, No. 4, December 2010

Aging and the Indian Diaspora: Cosmopolitan Families in India and Abroad (Tracking Globalization)

The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives

“This third edition of the study of aging in many cultures, edited by Sokolovsky (anthropology, University of South Florida) has been much expanded and updated. . . . The book is replete with supporting statistics, notes and an extensive bibliography.”

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The consequences of global aging will influence virtually all areas of life to be encountered in the 21st century, including the biological limits of healthy longevity, the generational contract and nature of family ties, the makeup of households and communities, symbolic representations of midlife and old age and attitudes toward disability and death. The new edition of the award winning book The Cultural Context of Aging: World-Wide Perspectives covers all these topics and more. This unique volume uses a qualitative, case study approach to look at the rapidly emerging new cultural spaces and social scripts through which mid and late life are being encountered globally. It is completely revised with over thirty new original works covering China, Japan, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, indigenous Amazonia, rural Italy and the ethnic landscape of the U.S.

A new feature of the book includes an integrated set of web book articles listed in the table of contents and available on the book’s web site: . This is in addition to the largest web support of its kind providing literature updates, educational activities and even access to power points, graphics and video supplementing the text.

In this one of a kind edited text, readers will encounter the laughing clubs of India, the centenarian diet plan of Okinawa, the waltzing elders of urban China, aging in a true woman-centered society, the elderscapes of Florida, the challenge of “Conscious Aging,” Japan’s robotic granny minders, Denmark’s “Flexsecurity” long-term care system; the Midwest’s elder-friendly communities, “Eldertopia” and the “Green House” model for dementia care. Welcome to your future!

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