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The Parsis of India
Continuing at the Crossroads

Four Volume Set
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January 2017 | 1 608 pages | SAGE India
A four-volume series, The Parsis of India is the first comprehensive analysis of the Parsi community and its demographic decline with a pan-India focus. It brings together scholarly articles and empirical work from multiple locations using the mixed method research approach and addresses key concerns impacting the demography of this ethno-religious minority. Extensive in scope and investigative in analysis, this is the only major socio-psycho-anthropological work in over a decade on the dwindling Parsi community.

The series will be useful for academicians, researchers and policy-makers interested in the Parsi community in particular, and in minority communities in general. It will also serve as a handy reference for the community and its leadership.

Vol 1: The Indian Parsis: Themes Old and New edited by Shalini Bharat and Armaity S. Desai

The first volume in the series, Volume 1 covers a wide range of historical and contemporary concerns of the Parsi community. The chapters cover the history and demography, issues of poverty and charity in the community and methodological concerns in researching minority communities.

This volume integrates the findings that emerge in the other three volumes in the series covering themes on family, youth and the elderly, and contextualises the key demographic concerns of the community with suggestions for forward action.

Vol 2: Contemporary Parsis: Marriage, Family and Community by Shalini Bharat

Volume 2 explores the socio-cultural dimensions of the Parsi demographic decline from the community’s perspective. It presents insights into how the Parsis perceive and understand its demographic challenges and opportunities for survival. This volume will be of interest to students and academicians in the fields of Sociology, Psychology, Family Studies, Human Development, Minority Studies, and Research Methodology and will also appeal to Parsis and Zoroastrians worldwide.

Vol 3: The World of Indian Parsi Youth: Status and Perceptions by Lata Narayan

Volume 3 is a national-level study conducted across 14 locations to understand the perspective and attitudes of the Parsi youth on aspects related to their life goals and the factors which contribute to their ethnic identity. This includes including socialisation patterns; questions related to their family and neighbourhood interactions; experiences related to education and work; perceptions about marriage; lifestyle expressions; practice of religion; Zoroastrian identity within the larger Indian identity; and challenges faced by the community.

Vol 4: The Parsi Elderly: To Live with Dignity by S. Siva Raju

Volume 4 is the first comprehensive national-level study focusing on the situational analysis of the elderly in the Parsi community. It addresses the knowledge gap by presenting the findings from a national sample survey and case studies based on the institutionalised elderly. The topics covered include the living conditions of the elderly, their status in the family and the community, the nature of support systems that exist for their well-being and their views and preferences for various services. Based on the empirical findings, a detailed action plan has been provided keeping in mind various stakeholders associated with the well-being of the Parsi elderly in India.

 
VOLUME 1: The Indian Parsis
S. Parasuraman
Foreword
Shernaz Cama
Foreword
 
Acknowledgements
Armaity S. Desai and Shalini Bharat
Series Introduction
 
Section I: PARSI HISTORY, DEMOGRAPHY AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS
Jesse S. Palsetia
The Rise, Prominence and History of the Parsis
S. Siva Raju and D.P. Singh
Population Dynamics: The Demographic Decline of the Parsis
Shalini Bharat
Lowest-low Fertility (LLF) and the Parsis: Commonalities and Differences with other LLF Countries
Anita Rath and Rakhshandah A. Hani
The Economically Vulnerable Parsis: A Study of Beneficiaries of Charity
Anita Rath
Dynamics of Charity in the Parsi Community
Lata Narayan and S. Siva Raju
Issues in Studying a Minority Community: Field Notes from Studies on Parsi Youth and the Elderly
 
Section II: SOME MYTHS AND REALITIES OF THE PARSI ZOROASTRIAN COMMUNITY: SYNTHESIS OF RESEARCH EVIDENCE
Armaity S. Desai
A Profile of the Family, Youth and the Elderly
Armaity S. Desai
Marriage, Family, Reproduction: Implications for Demographic Decline
Armaity S. Desai
Issues and Concerns: Community Perceptions
Armaity S. Desai
Beyond The Crossroads: A Forward Look
 
References
 
Index
 
VOLUME 2: CONTEMPORARY PARSIS: MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
S. Parasuraman
Foreword
Shernaz Cama
Foreword
 
Acknowledgements
Armaity S. Desai and Shalini Bharat
Series Introduction
 
Parsis of India: Narratives of Change and Continuity
 
The Study: Design, Strategy and Participants’ Profiles
 
Contemporary Parsis: Housing, Migration, Health Status and Use of Charities
 
Contemporary Parsis: Religion, Culture and Identity
 
Community ‘flashpoints’: Debates and Dialogues
 
Marriage: Significance, Patterns and Decision-making
 
Understanding Marital Delays and Non-Marriage
 
Marrying out: Attitudes, Experiences and Implications
 
Family: Significance, Patterns and Formation
 
Through the Looking Glass: Refashioning Future
 
References
 
VOLUME 3: THE WORLD OF INDIAN PARSI YOUTH: STATUS AND PERCEPTIONS
S. Parasuraman
Foreword
Shernaz Cama
Foreword
 
Acknowledgements
Armaity S. Desai and Shalini Bharat
Series Introduction
 
Socialisation of Parsi Youth and Influences on Social Identity: An Introduction
 
The Parsis: From Persia to India
 
Factors Influencing Personal Identity - A Profile of the Respondents
 
Education
 
Work and Occupation
 
Family
 
Culture and Lifestyle
 
Youth and Identity
 
Issues and Concerns
 
The World of Parsi Youth in India – Reflections and Recommendations
 
Appendix I: Contact Persons and Key Persons in Different Cities
 
References
 
VOLUME 4: THE PARSI ELDERLY: TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY
S. Parasuraman
Foreword
Shernaz Cama
Foreword
 
Acknowledgements
Armaity S. Desai and Shalini Bharat
Series Introduction
 
Population Ageing Among Parsis
 
The Study: Objectives and Design
 
Demographic Information
 
The Family
 
Health Factors
 
Economic Condition
 
Social Factors
 
Cultural Symbols/Traditional Beliefs
 
Genealogy
 
Information on Institutional Stay
 
Determinants of Perceived Loss of Confidence
 
Case Vignettes
 
Summary and Implications
 
Interview Schedule: Community Elderly
 
Interview Schedule: Old Age Homes
 
References

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Armaity S. Desai

Armaity S. Desai, born in Mumbai, India, on 28 April 1934, completed BA (Hons) from Mumbai University (Sociology) (1951–55); diploma in social service administration, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) (1955–57); and MA (1958–59) and PhD (1965–69) from the University of Chicago, both in social work. She served as Chairperson, University Grants Commission, Delhi (1995–99); Director, TISS, Mumbai (1982–95) and from Lecturer to Principal, College of Social Work, affiliated to Mumbai University (1957–82).She has been the member and office-bearer of several non-governmental and governmental organisations at international, national and... More About Author

Shalini Bharat

Shalini Bharat (also the author of Volume 2) is a PhD in psychology from Allahabad University and currently Deputy Director (Academic), TISS, Mumbai. She is affiliated to the Centre for Health and Social Sciences of the School of Health Systems Studies at TISS, of which she is also the former Dean. She holds additional charge as Programme Director, Saksham—a Global Fund supported programme on TB counselling. Her research interests include health equity and access, reproductive and sexual health, social drivers of HIV and HIV-related stigma, HIV prevention impact assessment and new prevention methods, family studies and... More About Author

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