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Café Culture in PuneBeing Young and Middle Class in Urban India$
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Teresa Platz Robinson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198099437

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099437.001.0001

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Morality of Indian Conviviality II

Morality of Indian Conviviality II

Friendship Amongst the Café Culture

(p.150) 4 Morality of Indian Conviviality II
Café Culture in Pune

Teresa Platz Robinson

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 examines the distinct character of the café culture friendships and its relation to Indian personhood. Friends often spent more time in company of each other than with their families. Through practices of sharing, caring, teasing and collectively participating in frowned-upon activities that they considered cool, the young adults were nurturing a strong sense of community, as well as breaking down social distance and hierarchies. They thus asserted their independence from their parents and expressed individual autonomy and preferences. However, friendship was interpreted as a very intimate relationship, involving a sense of strong concern for the well-being of friends, which could feel intrusive and like a kind of control similar to that of parents over children. So individual autonomy was measured and limited by this mutual involvement and control.

Keywords:   personhood, individualism, individual autonomy, holism/socio-centrism, housing, independence, friendship, sharing, caring, teasing

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