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Youth in Contemporary India

Images of Identity and Social Change

  • One of its kind as a non reductionist, experiential enquiry on youth lives in India which exemplifies the application of psychoanalytic method and theory in research context

  • Provides psychological perspective on the dynamics of social change and contributes to developmental, clinical and cultural psychology as well as to educational policy for youth

  • Looks at two divergent groups of young people (corporate and socio-politically active) who are engaged in different kinds of vocational and ideological pursuits

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-7
  3. Narratives, Conversations and Life Stories of Corporate Youth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-40
    2. Parul Bansal
      Pages 41-54
    3. Parul Bansal
      Pages 55-63
    4. Parul Bansal
      Pages 65-75
    5. Parul Bansal
      Pages 77-88
    6. Parul Bansal
      Pages 89-97
    7. Parul Bansal
      Pages 99-103
    8. Parul Bansal
      Pages 105-109
    9. Parul Bansal
      Pages 111-122
    10. Parul Bansal
      Pages 123-133
  4. Narratives, Conversations and Life Stories of Humanist Youth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-138
    2. Parul Bansal
      Pages 139-149
    3. Parul Bansal
      Pages 151-161
    4. Parul Bansal
      Pages 163-166
    5. Parul Bansal
      Pages 167-176
    6. Parul Bansal
      Pages 177-187
    7. Parul Bansal
      Pages 189-193

About this book

Introduction

This book endeavors to be a study of identity in Indian urban youth. It is concerned with understanding the psychological themes of conformity, rebellion, individuation, relatedness, initiative and ideological values which pervade youths’ search for identity within the Indian cultural milieu, specifically the Indian family. In its essence, the book attempts to explore how in contemporary India the emerging sense of individuality in youth is seeking its own balance of relationality with parental figures and cohesion with social order. The research questions are addressed to two groups of young men and women in the age group of 20-29 years-Youth in Corporate sector and Youth in Non Profit sector. Methodologically, the study is a psychoanalytically informed, process oriented, context sensitive work that proceeds via narrations, conversations and in-depth life stories of young men and women. Overall, the text reflects on the nature of inter-generational continuity and shifts in India.

Keywords

Identity Qualitative Research Social Change Worldviews Youth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., PsychologyLady Shri Ram College for WomenNew DelhiIndia

About the authors

This book endeavors to be a study of identity in Indian urban youth. It is concerned with understanding the psychological themes of conformity, rebellion, individuation, relatedness, initiative and ideological values which pervade youths’ search for identity within the Indian cultural milieu, specifically the Indian family. In its essence, the book attempts to explore how in contemporary India the emerging sense of individuality in youth is seeking its own balance of relationality with parental figures and cohesion with social order. The research questions are addressed to two groups of young men and women in the age group of 20-29 years-Youth in Corporate sector and Youth in Non Profit sector. Methodologically, the study is a psychoanalytically informed, process oriented, context sensitive work that proceeds via narrations, conversations and in-depth life stories of young men and women. Overall, the text reflects on the nature of inter-generational continuity and shifts in India.

Parul Bansal, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She is also currently the Head of the Department. She received a BA in psychology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women and a Masters Degree and Doctorate from the University of Delhi. Her PhD research focuses on psycho-social processes of identity development in urban Indian youth using biographical and narrative method. Her academic and research interests are in subfields of Psychology of Self, Personality and Identity, Social and Cultural Psychology, Psychology of Human Development, Qualitative research methodology, Psychoanalysis and Mental Health. She understands Psychology as a broad discipline, largely but not solely empirical, very fuzzy at the edges where it merges with sociology, neuroscience and humanities and just as much a discursive construction as any other area of knowledge. In her teaching, she endeavours to imbibe in students an active curiosity in understanding and critiquing ideological issues in Psychology and foster interest in theoretical and methodological pluralism. She was awarded Shashi Kala Singh Gold Medal for topping in M.A. in University of Delhi. She has also received ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship to conduct her PhD work.

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