Aging and the Indian Diaspora: Cosmopolitan Families in by Sarah Lamb

By Sarah Lamb

The proliferation of previous age houses and extending numbers of aged residing by myself are startling new phenomena in India. those traits are concerning vast out of the country migration and the transnational dispersal of households. during this relocating and insightful account, Sarah Lamb exhibits that older people are cutting edge brokers within the approaches of social-cultural switch. Lamb's learn probes debates and cultural assumptions in either India and the us concerning how most sensible to age; the right kind social-moral courting between participants, genders, households, the marketplace, and the nation; and methods of discovering which means within the human lifestyles course.

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Xi). He examines the period from roughly 1955 to 1980, when the oldest generation (those generally over about age sixty) could recall a life unfettered by foreign interventions; when the middle generation in power (aged thirty to mid-fifties) had been brought up in a traditional world but lived now  The Remaking of Aging wholly in the modern; and when the younger generation had never known a world untouched by missions and government and capitalism (p. 16). LiPuma argues that by examining the changing categories of knowledge and structures of desire across these generations, he is able to illuminate the broader dynamics of social-cultural transformation in Melanesia and beyond (p.

31 Such models emphasizing the young as the key vectors of change, and the conflicting habituses of newer and older generations, are in many ways compelling, at both analytical and folk levels. This is certainly a model familiar in many respects to my older middle-class Indian informants, who frequently highlight in daily conversations their powerful sense that they grew up in a world vastly different from that they are now experiencing —that their taken-for-granted assumptions, aspirations, and ways of organizing daily life are poles apart from those of their children and grandchildren.

23 Strikingly, however, very little work has been produced on aging,24 although aging and elders loom large in the ways many in India are working out what is involved in making life in the present, or being modern (as a person, family, society, and nation) in India today. In his ethnography of middle-class life in Kathmandu, Nepal, Mark Liechty writes of “one of the paradoxes of global modernity at the turn of the millennium, a paradox whereby a ‘Western’ model or image of modernity is simultaneously the object of intense local desire and always out of reach, seemingly by definition an unachievable condition for those in the ‘non-West’” (2002:xi).

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