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Café Culture in Pune: Being Young and Middle Class in Urban India

Teresa Platz Robinson


The emergence of a visible, commodified leisure culture in the form of cafés, targeted at and appropriated by, young adults from the middle classes, is a striking phenomenon in the transformation of urban life in India since economic liberalization in 1991. Café Culture in Pune is an ethnographic snapshot, taken in 2008, tracing the effects of globalization from the perspective of young middle class urbanites in post-liberalization Pune, India. Documenting with meticulous detail their lifeworld, from clothing to hanging out, friendship, dating, education, and marriage, it captures new forms of ... More

Keywords: India/South Asia, Pune, middle class, youth culture, globalization, modernity, clothing, friendship, personhood, embodiment, consumption, individual autonomy, generation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198099437
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Teresa Platz Robinson, author
Independent scholar