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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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Café Culture in Pune

Teresa Platz Robinson

Oxford University Press

The last chapter summarizes the main arguments of the book while drawing general conclusions. Young people in India use both ‘the global’ and ‘the local’ to make and remake themselves as the persons they want and feel they ought to be, to make things happen for themselves and to maintain, challenge and redefine ‘the local’ as well as ‘the global’. Wishing to present themselves as desirable, savvy Indian citizens of the world, they renegotiated local practices. They transcended ‘being Indian’ while ‘Indianizing’ the global, creating momentary figurations we might call globalization or postmodernity. They were thus modifying what it meant to be middle class Indians. The Indian middle class was reinventing India as a global player in a post-Cold war world by constructing a narrative of pivotal change.

Keywords:   Indian middle class, global middle class, modernity, globalization, generational change, consumption, autonomy, equality, generational reciprocity, tradition

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