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Café Culture in PuneBeing Young and Middle Class in Urban India$
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Teresa Platz Robinson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198099437

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099437.001.0001

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Morality of Indian Conviviality I

Morality of Indian Conviviality I

The Old Way

(p.114) 3 Morality of Indian Conviviality I
Café Culture in Pune

Teresa Platz Robinson

Oxford University Press

In Chapter 3 the morality of Indian conviviality as experienced by young adults at home is introduced, i.e. what was regarded as appropriate behaviour in interpersonal relationships. Based on the ideal of the patriarchal joint family, the assumption was that one lives in life-long dependency on one’s parents. Filial obedience, mutual involvement, and caring were valued highly. However, the young generation grew up under different circumstances. They were literally and figuratively given more space. They strived for more individual autonomy, freedom, privacy, and independence. Yet these trends were measured and limited by class- and generation-based practices and moral aesthetic standards which amended rather than negated older patriarchal arrangements predicated on the ideal of joint family life. The young café culture crowd was negotiating to follow their hearts, while preserving strong family bonds and inter-generational dependencies.

Keywords:   morality of conviviality, individual, dividual, joint family, interdependence, generational reciprocity, formal vs. informal relating

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