[URBANTH-L]BOOK: Fernandes, "India's New Middle Class"

Benito Vergara bvergara at sfsu.edu
Wed Jan 17 12:02:42 EST 2007

INDIA’S NEW MIDDLE CLASS: Democratic Politics in an Era of Economic Reform
Leela Fernandes
University of Minnesota Press | 320 pages | 2006
ISBN 978-0-8166-4927-3 | hardcover | $67.50
ISBN 978-0-8166-4928-0 | paperback | $22.50

Leela Fernandes digs into the implications of the growth of the middle
class in India and uncovers—in the media, in electoral politics, and on the
streets of urban neighborhoods—the complex politics of caste, religion, and
gender that shape this rising population. Using rich ethnographic data, she
reveals how the middle class operates as a proponent of economic

“ India's New Middle Class provides a much needed contribution to the
literature on India. The book's innovative theoretical insights cast new
light not only on the Indian middle class but more generally on the role of
the middle class in times of transformation.” —Patrick Heller

For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book’s

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