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Freedom and destiny : gender, family, and popular culture in India

Author: Patricia Uberoi
Publisher: New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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Engaging with everyday life and popular culture in India, this book subjects the popular media to the sociologist's critical gaze, probing for insights and reflections on the relations of the sexes  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Uberoi, Patricia.
Freedom and destiny.
New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)655101524
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Uberoi
ISBN: 9780195679915 0195679911
OCLC Number: 70133287
Description: xix, 309 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. 'Beautyfull wife, denger life' : engaging with popular culture --
A moving message --
'Beautyfull wife, denger life' --
Reading popular culture --
The concept of popular culture --
The semiotics of popular culture --
Imagining the nation --
Gender and genre --
Visual culture and the controlling 'gaze' --
Reading the romance --
Gender and resistance --
Rethinking the family --
The kinship map of India --
The Indian joint family --
Arranged marriage --
Dowry and brideprice --
The limits of family change --
The moral economy of the Indian Family --
Dharma and desire, freedom, and destiny --
2. Feminine identity and national ethos in calendar art --
Woman/goddess/nation : a contemporary controversy --
Defining calendar art --
Ravi Varma and the invention of calendar art --
Deciphering the archive : gender and calendar art --
Objects of desire/commodities on sale --
Icons of nation --
Plurality and difference --
Trajectories of change? --
3. 'Baby' icons : forms and figures of a new generation --
Introduction --
Envisioning childhood --
South Asian childhoods --
Child socialization as pathology --
Childhood between tradition and modernity --
Cosmologies of childhood --
Representing the child --
God-baby --
Welcome-baby --
Citizen-baby --
Hero-baby --
Customized-baby --
4. Desire and destiny : rescripting the man-woman relationship in popular cinema --
Prologue : on a personal note --
The body language of popular cinema --
The problematics of romance --
Dharma and desire --
Freedom and destiny --
A paradigm of desire --
Jabba and Bhoothnath --
Chhote Sarkar and the courtesan --
Chhoti Bahu and Chhote Sarkar Bhoothnath and Chhoti Bahu --
Happy and unhappy endings --
5. Imagining the family : an ethnography of viewing Hum Aapke Hain Koun ...! --
What makes a 'clean' movie? --
The lack of 'vulgarity' --
The display of affluence --
The spirit of 'sacrifice' --
The family as 'tradition' --
The constitution of the ideal Indian family --
The ideal of the joint family --
Affinity as a value --
The truth-telling voice --
The pleasures of viewing : voyeurism, narcissism, and a happy ending --
The emblematic family --
6. The diaspora comes home : discipling desire in DDLJ --
Prologue --
Indianness : at home and abroad --
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge --
Romance, Indian style --
The tyranny of 'tradition' --
Pardes : reinstituting the contradiction of India and the West --
'American dreams, Indian soul' --
Indian dream, transnational location --
7. Learning to 'adjust' : the dynamics of post-marital romance --
Domesticating romance fiction --
Woman's era --
Twenty tales of true romance --
Tales of courtship --
Tales of conjugal love --
Sources of marital tension --
Mediation --
Resolution --
True-life tales of marital breakdown --
Prescription for a happy marriage --
Conclusion --
8. Scripting romance? Tribulations of courtship in popular fiction --
Introduction : constructing the problematic --
Narrative trajectories --
Making 'love' respectable --
Putting 'love' into arranged marriage --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Patricia Uberoi.
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