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Author Ray, Raka.

Title Cultures of Servitude : Modernity, Domesticity, and Class in India
Published Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (431 pages)
Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of Tables; Acknowledgments; 1 -- Approaching Servitude in Kolkata; Culture of Servitude; Servants and Employers under Study; The Middle Classes of India; Working with Cultures of Servitude; Map of the Book; 2 -- Colonial Legacies and Spatial Transformations; Kolkata in Space and Time; Kolkata's Employing Classes; The Essential Servant; From Male to Female Servants; From Live-in to Part-Time but No Less Essential; Conclusion; 3 -- Between Family Retainer and Freelancer; Tasks and Castes; A World of "Unfreedom"; Time and Labor Regimes
Summary Employers and servants in Kolkata reveal through their own stories how their evolving culture of servitude has produced, preserved, and disrupted ideas of gender and class in India and beyond
Notes Print version record
Subject Household employees -- India -- History.
Master and servant -- India -- History.
Social classes -- India -- History.
India -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Qayum, Seemin.
ISBN 080477109X (electronic bk.)
9780804771092 (electronic bk.)