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The Family in India

The Family in India
Structure and Practice

Edited by:
  • Tulsi Patel - Department of Sociology, University of Delhi, India

July 2005 | 310 pages | SAGE India
This timely book examines, in detail, the meaning of family in India. Inextricably linked to the institution of family are issues such as gender and sexual divisions, the role of the state, changing demographic patterns and a growing elderly population.

The first part of the book looks at the nature of the family as an institution. Part Two discusses the question of the myth or reality of the disintegration of the joint family. Finally, the last section includes case studies of structures of families in different parts of India.

Section I-The Family: Nature and Scope
Section II-The Myth of the Indian Joint Family: Empirical Analysis
Section III-The Demystifying Case Studies

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Tulsi Patel

Tulsi Patel is Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi.She has recently been Rotating Chair, India Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany for a full semester (2005–06). An Honorary Research Associate at the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester (2001–04), she has also undertaken teaching assignments at the London School of Economics and the Royal Holloway College of the University of London (1996–97). Professor Patel has previously taught at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Miranda House (University of Delhi).Her areas of interest include gender, anthropology of fertility and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9780761933892