India’s New Middle Class

Democratic Politics in an Era of Economic Reform
  • Author:
  • Leela Fernandes
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Date: 2006
India's New Middle Class

Inside the emergence of India’s rapidly expanding middle class

Leela Fernandes digs into the implications of the growth of the middle class in India and uncovers—in the media, in electoral politics, and on the streets of urban neighborhoods—the complex politics of caste, religion, and gender that shape this rising population. Using rich ethnographic data, she reveals how the middle class operates as a proponent of economic democratization.