Book Review: India's middle class: New forms of urban leisure, consumption and prosperity by Christiane Brosius. New Delhi: Routledge, 2010.

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Carol Upadhya


Contribution to Indian Sociology, sage, Volume 48, Number 1, p.148–151 (2014)



This book examines several aspects of India?s post-liberalisation cultural transformation, particularly the highly visible modes of consumption that have come to symbolise the growing and increasingly assertive ?middle class?. Based on fieldwork carried out mainly in Delhi between 1997 and 2007, the study reflects Christiane Brosius?s earlier interests in visual representations by documenting, through photographs as well as text, some of the new practices and forms of religion, retail, urban public culture, housing, sociality and self-cultivation that have transformed metro cities such as Delhi and Bangalore so dramatically since the 1990s.


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