Poverty and the Quest for Life

Spiritual and Material Striving In Rural India

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ISBN:

9780199459667

Publication date:

13/07/2015

Hardback

352 pages

Price: 850.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780199459667

Publication date:

13/07/2015

Hardback

352 pages

Bhrigupati Singh

The Indian subdistrict of Shahabad, located in the dwindling forests of the southeastern tip of Rajasthan, is an area of extreme poverty. Beset by droughts and food shortages in recent years, it is the home of the Sahariyas, former bonded laborers, officially classified as Rajasthan's only "primitive tribe". From afar, we might consider this the bleakest of the bleak, but in Poverty and the Quest for Life, Bhrigupati Singh asks us to reconsider just what quality of life means. He shows how the Sahariyas conceive of aspiration, advancement, and vitality in both material and spiritual terms, and how such bridging can engender new possibilities of life.

Suitable for: This book will appeal to both scholars and students of sociology, anthropology, development studies, cultural studies, conflict and peace studies, political science, and NGOs and journalists.     

Rights:  SOUTH ASIA RIGHTS (RESTRICTED)

Bhrigupati Singh

Bhrigupati Singh

Table of contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue
  
 1  First Impressions, and Further
 2  The Headless Horseman of Central India: Sovereignty at   Varying Thresholds of Life
 3  Mitra Varuna: State Power and Powerlessness
 a. Who Ate Up the Forests?
 b. Mitra, the Caregiving State
 4  The Coarse and the Fine: Contours of a Slow-Moving Crisis
 5  Contracts, Bonds, and Bonded Labor
 6  Erotics and Agonistics: Intensities Deeper Than Deep Play
 7  Divine Migrations: Neighborliness between Humans, Animals, and Gods
 8  The Waxing and Waning Life of Kalli
 9  Bansi Mahatmaya (The Greatness of Bansi), an Erotic Ascetic
 10  Departure, and Marriages and Deaths
 11  The Quality of Life: A Daemonic View
 
Notes     
References     
Index
 

Bhrigupati Singh

Features

  • Winner of the 2015 Joseph W. Elder Prize in Indian Social Sciences

Bhrigupati Singh

Bhrigupati Singh

Table of contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue
  
 1  First Impressions, and Further
 2  The Headless Horseman of Central India: Sovereignty at   Varying Thresholds of Life
 3  Mitra Varuna: State Power and Powerlessness
 a. Who Ate Up the Forests?
 b. Mitra, the Caregiving State
 4  The Coarse and the Fine: Contours of a Slow-Moving Crisis
 5  Contracts, Bonds, and Bonded Labor
 6  Erotics and Agonistics: Intensities Deeper Than Deep Play
 7  Divine Migrations: Neighborliness between Humans, Animals, and Gods
 8  The Waxing and Waning Life of Kalli
 9  Bansi Mahatmaya (The Greatness of Bansi), an Erotic Ascetic
 10  Departure, and Marriages and Deaths
 11  The Quality of Life: A Daemonic View
 
Notes     
References     
Index
 

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