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Author: Craig Jeffrey
Publisher: Foundation Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788175969261
Social and economic changes around the globe have propelled increasing number of people into situations of chronic waiting, where promised access to political freedom, social goods, or economic resources is delayed, often indefinitely. But there have been a few efforts to reflect on the significance of 'waiting' in the contemporary world.
Timepass: Youth, Class, and the Politics of Waiting in India offers a captivating ethnography of the student politics and youth activism that lower middle class young men in India have undertaken in response to pervasive underemployment. It highlights the importance of waiting as a social experience and basis for political mobilization, the micro-politics of class power in north India, and the socioeconomic strategies of lower middle class. The book also explores how this north Indian story relates to practices of waiting occurring in multiple other contexts, making the book of interest to scholars and students of globalization, youth studies, and class across the social sciences.
In this gracefully written book, Craig, Jeffrey draws on fine ethnography to explore the little understood world of Indian youth, for long largely neglected by scholars, illuminating what it means to be a young man with aspirations and limited opportunities in today's India. A tour de force.
== John Harriss, Professor and Director of International Studies, Simon Fraser University
Craig Jeffrey's lucid and insightful ethnography of young men of Meerut both challenges and helps refine our understanding of power and privilege in India by shifting the focus away from the metropolitan centers usually studied. He successfully demonstrates how the label ‘Indian middle class’ could only ever refer to a growing but fractured social formation. A timely and significant book.
== Dipesh Chakrabarly, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Studies, The University of Chicago
1. India Waiting
2. Cultivating Fields: The Rise and Resilience of a Rural Middle Class
3. Life at the Crossroads: Timepass
4. Collective Students Protest
5. Fixing Futures: Improvised Politics