India Dreams

Cultural Identity Among Young
Middle Class Men in New Delhi

By Paolo Favero
November 2005
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 9171550100
275 pages, Illustrated, 5 " x 8 "
$87.50 Paper Original


This Ph.D. dissertation focuses on the generation that epitomizes India's entry in the global market. Based on fieldwork in Delhi among young 'middle class' men who construct their role in society by promoting themselves as brokers in the ongoing exchanges between India and the outer world. It is an exploration into the realm of cultural identity.

Focusing on the role played by imagination in everyday-life, the study addresses issues of identity-making, of masculinity, sex and love, and of urban space. The book offers a window into a world where images of 'India,' Indianness' and 'traditionality' are becoming popular markers of 'global' and modern' stances.

Stockholm Studies in Social Anthropology, No. 56

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