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

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Ahmad, Aijaz, 202n9, 205n63
Ally, Shireen, 197
Aparajito (film), 1
Apartment buildings, 42, 43–45. See also Flats Ayah, as child minder or nursemaid, 53, 63, 154; as lady's maid, 55; as maid, 124; and patient or elder care, 115, 130, 144. See also Child care; Nannies
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 222n22
Bakhtin, Mikhail, 54
Banerjee, Himani, 50
Banerjee, Nirmala, 37
Banerjee, Swapna, 12, 17, 18, 204n35, 213n12, 214n2
Bangladesh, 31, 36–37, 59, 79, 176
Banians, 46–47, 209n53
Bardhan, Pranab, 38, 101, 222n21
Bastis, 21, 34, 39, 40, 41, 61, 67, 68, 69, 164
Basu, Bani, 123
Bathroom cleaners. See Jamadar
Battle of Plassey (1757), 33
Bayly, Susan, 12
Bazaar book, 156, 222n17
Beds, in bastis, 69; and distinction, 149, 155, 161, 185; making of, 52, 72, 73, 74; and servant body, 153; in servants' quarters, 69; as social space, 221n9
Berman, Marshall, 32
Bhadralok: characteristics of, 46–47; and class, 46–47; defined, 24, 32, 209n51; distinction of servants from, 156–58; and education, 48–50; as employers, 51–54; and the ideal woman, 48–51, 122–23; masculinity of, 49, 136, 218n11; members of, 46, 209n54; and modernity, 48, 53; and nationalism, 48; older generation of, 51–52, 210n80; origins of, 35, 46; and patriarchy, 48–51, 122–26; poorer (grihasthya) and richer (abhijat), 47; servant-keeping and, 220n4; and social reform, 48; younger generation of, 52–53. See also Employers; Middle class
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 205n52
Bhattacharya, Tithi, 47
Big houses, 56, 57, 102; and culture of servitude, 45, 55–57; destruction of, 43; distinction in, 146; and feudal imaginary, 7, 19; Indian, 36; North Kolkata mansion, 56, 57; origins of, 34; servants' quarters of, 36, 56, 61. See also Home
Blackstone, William, 201n5
Bodies, servants', 64, 153–54, 156–58; in relation to employer body, 148–150
Bolivia, 197
Borthwick, Meredith, 17, 206n71, 220n4
Bourdieu, Pierre, 4, 15, 105, 145–46, 156, 158, 220n5, 221n10, 222n18
Brahmins, as servants, 52, 75, 154, 213n12. See also Caste
Britain: big houses built by the rich of, 34; and commerce, 47; domestic servitude in, 2, 8, 18, 201n5, 206n71; independence from, 37, 48, 59; Kolkata's establishment by, 33; zamindari system established by, 33

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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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