By Sarah Lamb

This wealthy ethnography explores ideals and practices surrounding getting older in a rural Bengali village. Sarah Lamb specializes in how villagers' visions of getting older are tied to the making and unmaking of gendered selves and social kin over a life-time. Lamb makes use of a spotlight on age as a method not just to open up new methods of pondering South Asian social existence, but additionally to give a contribution to modern theories of gender, the physique, and tradition, that have been hampered, the booklet argues, by way of a static specialize in formative years.

Lamb's personal stories within the village are an essential component of her ebook and ably exhibit the cultural particularities of rural Bengali lifestyles and Bengali notions of modernity. In exploring beliefs of kinfolk existence and the complex interrelationships among and inside of generations, she allows us to appreciate how humans within the village build, and deconstruct, their lives. even as her research extends past India to modern attitudes approximately getting older within the usa. This available and interesting publication is ready deeply human matters and may charm not just to experts in South Asian tradition, yet to a person drawn to households, getting older, gender, faith, and the body.

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