Inside JGU 2020 - Issue 4 (April)

Faculty Spotlight: JGBS faculty, Dr. Parul Bhandari, publishes two academic books

Dr. Parul Bhandari, Associate Professor of Sociology, Jindal Global Business School, published her second book Money, Culture, Class: Elite Women as Modern Subjects (Routledge, London, New York, 2019). The book was launched on 8 January 2020 at the India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. The event included a discussion on the book by a distinguished panel of scholars:  Dr. Simona Sawhney (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Delhi), Dr. Dev N Pathak (Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi), and Dr. Lipika Kamra (School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, OP Jindal University, Sonepat). The event was chaired by the series editor of the book, Prof. Saurabh Dube (El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City).

About the book

 

Based upon sensitive ethnographic research, this book articulates the ways in which elite women in Delhi understand and use money in order to construct identities of class, status, and gender. Offering an innovative account of the interplay between money and modernity, gender and class, Dr. Bhandari focuses on travel, weddings, consumption, spirituality, and sexuality to delineate entitlements and privileges that underlie the simultaneous shaping of elite-ness and femininity. As such, the two books together unravel the claims and contentions of the “modern” in India and beyond.

Further information is available here:

https://www.routledge.com/Money-Culture-Class-Elite-Women-as-Modern-Subjects/Bhandari/p/book/9780815358886

Dr. Bhandari’s third book is titled Matchmaking in Middle Class India: Beyond Arranged and Love Marriage (Springer, 2020).

About the book

 

 

This book is an extensive and thorough exploration of the ways in which the middle class in India select their spouse. Using the prism of matchmaking, this book critically unpacks the concept of the ‘modern’ and traces the importance of moralities and values in the making of middle class identities, by bringing to the fore intersections and dynamics of caste, class, gender, and neoliberalism. Dr. Bhandari discusses a range of issues: romantic relationships among youth, use of online technology and of professional services like matrimonial agencies and detective agencies, encounters of love and heartbreak, impact of experiences of pain and humiliation on spouse-selection, and the involvement of family in matchmaking. Based on this comprehensive account, she elucidates how the categories of “love” and “arranged” marriages fall short of explaining, in its entirety and essence, the contemporary process of spouse-selection in urban India.

Further information is available here:

https://www.springer.com/in/book/9789811515989