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In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalizing South India (Hardback)

Jocelyn Lim Chua

Edité par University of California Press, United States, 2014
ISBN 10: 0520281152 / ISBN 13: 9780520281158
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Titre : In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and ...

Éditeur : University of California Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2014

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Once celebrated as a model development for its progressive social indicators, the southern Indian state of Kerala has earned the new distinction as the nation s suicide capital, with suicide rates soaring to triple the national average since 1990. Rather than an aberration on the path to development and modernity, Keralites understand this crisis to be the bitter fruit borne of these historical struggles and the aspirational dilemmas they have produced in everyday life. Suicide, therefore, offers a powerful lens onto the experiential and affective dimensions of development and global change in the postcolonial world. In the long shadow of fear and uncertainty that suicide casts in Kerala, living acquires new meaning and contours. In this powerful ethnography, Jocelyn Chua draws on years of fieldwork to broaden the field of vision beyond suicide as the termination of life, considering how suicide generates new ways of living in these anxious times. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780520281158

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Synopsis : Once celebrated as a model development for its progressive social indicators, the southern Indian state of Kerala has earned the new distinction as the nation's suicide capital, with suicide rates soaring to triple the national average since 1990. Rather than an aberration on the path to development and modernity, Keralites understand this crisis to be the bitter fruit borne of these historical struggles and the aspirational dilemmas they have produced in everyday life. Suicide, therefore, offers a powerful lens onto the experiential and affective dimensions of development and global change in the postcolonial world. In the long shadow of fear and uncertainty that suicide casts in Kerala, living acquires new meaning and contours. In this powerful ethnography, Jocelyn Chua draws on years of fieldwork to broaden the field of vision beyond suicide as the termination of life, considering how suicide generates new ways of living in these anxious times.

Critique: "A timely and important contribution to the emerging anthropological critique of 'suicide' as a kind of human behaviour and as an object for social and medical intervention." -- Dr. Tom Widger Centre for Medical Humanities 20150202

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