Cultures of Servitude: Modernity, Domesticity, and Class in India

By Raka Ray; Seemin Qayum | Go to book overview

Illustrations
Figures
Nineteenth-century servants with the tools of their trade35
New high-rise apartment development on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass42
Floor plan of contemporary flats in Kolkata45
North Kolkata mansion56
Servants' quarters of North Kolkata mansion57
Lower-middle-class flats in North Kolkata60
Interior of middle-class flat in Kolkata63
Part-time workers in driveway of middle-class flat complex88
North Kolkata big house today102
Kolkata police warning about servant criminality108
Maps
1.Kolkata Metropolitan Area28
2.Districts of West Bengal29
3.Kolkata wards and neighborhoods in study30
4.Detail of Ward31

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1: Approaching Servitude in Kolkata 1
  • 2: Colonial Legacies and Spatial Transformations 32
  • 3: Between Family Retainer and Freelancer 65
  • 4: Disquieting Transitions 92
  • 5: The Failure of Patriarchy 119
  • 6: The Cultivation and Cleavage of Distinction 145
  • 7: Traveling Cultures of Servitude 167
  • 8: Conclusion 188
  • Notes 201
  • Glossary 229
  • Bibliography 233
  • Index 249
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