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Introduction 1 Part I The Family and the Life Course Introduction 7 One Straw from a Broom Cannot Sweep: The Ideology and Practice of the Joint Family in Rural North India 11 Susan S. Wadley Allah Gives Both Boys and Girls 23 Patricia Jeffery and Roger Jeffery "Out Here in Kathmandu": Youth and the Contradictions of Modernity in Urban Nepal 37 Mark Liechty The Role of Suffering in Women's Performance of Paxto 48 Benedicte Grima Love and Aging in Bengali Families 56 Sarah Lamb Memorializing the Self: The Autobiographical Will and Testa- ment of Narayana Guruviah Chetty, Madras City, 1915 69 Mattison Mines Part II Genders Introduction 81 New Light in the House: Schooling Girls in Rural North India 86 Ann Grodzins Gold Family and Gender Systems in Transition: A Thirty-Five-Year Perspective 100 Susan Seymour Offstage with Special Drama Actresses in Tamil Nadu, South India: Roadwork 116 Susan Seizer Nervous Masculinity: Consumption and the Production of Embodied Gender in Indian Wrestling 132 Joseph S. Alter Dosti and Tamanna: Male-Male Love, Difference, and Normativity in Hindi Cinema 146 Ruth Vanita Life on the Margins: A Hijra's Story 159 Serena Nanda Part III Social Distinctions of Caste and Class Introduction 167 God-Chariots in a Garden of Castes: Hierarchy and Festival in a Hindu City 174 Steven M. Parish High and Low Castes in Karani 190 Viramma, with Josiane Racine and Jean-Luc Racine The Erasure of Everyday Life in Colonial Ethnography 199 Gloria Goodwin Raheja Anjali's Prospects: Class Mobility in Urban India 214 Sara Dickey Seven Prevalent Misconceptions about India's Caste System 227 Part IV Practicing Religion Introduction 229 The Hindu Gods in a South Indian Village 236 Diane P. Mines The Feast of Love 249 McKim Marriott The Delusion of Gender and Renunciation in Buddhist Kashmir 261 Kim Gutschow Presence: Yolmo Spirit-Callings in Nepal 275 Robert Desjarlais Tunes Rising from the Soul and Other Narcissistic Prayers: Contested Realms in Bangladesh 289 Jim Wilce Part V Nation-Making Introduction 303 Political Praise in Tamil Newspapers: The Poetry and Iconography of Democratic Power 308 J. Bernard Bate Outsiders at Home? The South Asian Diaspora in South Asia 326 Gautam Ghosh Why Do Hindus and Muslims Fight? Children and History in India 337 Nita Kumar Walking through Violence: "Everyday Life" and Anthropology 357 Pradeep Jeganathan Interviews with High School Students in Eastern Sri Lanka 366 Margaret Trawick Part VI Globalization, Public Culture, and the South Asian Diaspora Introduction 381 Cindy at the Taj: Cultural Enclosure and Corporate Potentateship in an Era of Globalization 387 William Mazzarella A Diaspora Ramayana in Southall 400 Paula Richman British Sikh Lives, Lived in Translation 412 Kathleen Hall Placing Lives through Stories: Second-Generation South Asian Americans 425 Kirin Narayan Unexpected Destinations 440 E. Valentine Daniel