Book review / Memory, Kinship and Middle Classes

Abraham, Janaki. ‘Review of The Fall of Gods: Memory, Kinship, and Middle Classes in South India, by Ester Gallo’. Contributions to Indian Sociology 54, no. 2 (June 2020): 326–29.

Excerpt: This is a special book for several reasons: for exploring a social history on which few anthropologists have written; for the focus on memory and middle class identity when most studies of the new middle classes are synchronic; more generally for the way she brings out the importance of kinship and kinship memories for a class analysis; for the exploration of how memories of the past shape kinship relationships in the present; for the intra-caste differences highlighted; for the way Gallo skilfully presents the very varied and complex ethnography; and for the way she gives voice to both men and women and to changing intergenerational relationships.

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