The Lives of Others: The Production and Influence of Neighbourhood Cultures in Urban India

  • Janaki Abraham


Drawing on fieldwork in Bikaner and Thalassery, this chapter discusses the tremendous influence of neighbourhoods in everyday life. Moving away from a focus on social problems and poverty in neighbourhoods, Abraham explores the implications of a proximity that allows for various kinds of face-to-face interactions and a sensorial intimacy. She discusses everyday practices that make up the web of relations that constitute the neighbourhood—social control, social approval, legitimacy and support, with a focus on how gender is produced in everyday neighbourhood life. Abraham argues that the emphasis on caste, class, ethnic or religious identity has been at the cost of other influences such as the neighbourhood, which needs to be taken seriously as a social formation crucial to social life and as an important arena of social and cultural influence.


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  • Janaki Abraham
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyDelhi School of Economics, Delhi UniversityDelhiIndia

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