Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226152608 Will Publish September 2014
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226152745 Will Publish September 2014
An e-book edition will be published.

Tamil Brahmans

The Making of a Middle Class Caste

C. J. Fuller and Haripriya Narasimhan

Tamil Brahmans
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C. J. Fuller and Haripriya Narasimhan

288 pages | 2 halftones, 6 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226152608 Will Publish September 2014
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226152745 Will Publish September 2014
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780226152882 Will Publish September 2014
A cruise along the streets of Chennai—or Silicon Valley—filled with professional young Indian men and women, reveals the new face of India. In the twenty-first century, Indians have acquired a new kind of global visibility, one of rapid economic advancement and, in the information technology industry, spectacular prowess. In this book, C. J. Fuller and Haripriya Narasimhan examine one particularly striking group who have taken part in this development: Tamil Brahmans—a formerly traditional, rural, high-caste elite who have transformed themselves into a new middle-class caste in India, the United States, and elsewhere.

Fuller and Narasimhan offer one of the most comprehensive looks at Tamil Brahmans around the world to date. They examine Brahman migration from rural to urban areas, more recent transnational migration, and how the Brahman way of life has translated to both Indian cities and American suburbs. They look at modern education and the new employment opportunities afforded by engineering and IT. They examine how Sanskritic Hinduism and traditional music and dance have shaped Tamil Brahmans’ particular middle-class sensibilities and how middle-class status is related to the changing position of women. Above all, they explore the complex relationship between class and caste systems and the ways in which hierarchy has persisted in modernized India. 
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