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

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Glossary

abhijat richer class of bhadralok

adda conversation and discussion; a particular form of Bengali sociability

adivasis indigenous groups of India

ajalchal belonging to lower-caste groups from whom upper-caste Hindus could not accept water

aksham incapable

asabhya uncivilized

atap sun-dried rice

atmar shanti literally, peace to the soul; to ease their conscience

ayah nursemaid

babu clerk or bureaucrat; originally a title like Mr. or Esq.; used by servants to refer to male employers

bagan bari weekend country home

bandha bound; dependent

baniya (also banian) trading caste

barir kaaj housework

basti slum

bhadra civilized and respectable

bhadralok respectable middle and upper classes

bhadramahila women of the bhadralok

bibi westernized woman

bidi indigenous, hand-rolled cigarette

chakor servant

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

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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