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Narrow Fairways: Getting By & Falling Behind in the New India

Patrick Inglis


Despite India’s three decades of economic liberalization, access to quality education, well-paying jobs, and high standards of living align with prior class and caste advantages, leaving many poor and working-class people stuck in place and obligated to seek handouts from the rich. The study draws on ten years of ethnographic fieldwork at three private golf clubs in Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley, to explore the ties of dependence wealthy club members generate with the poor lower-caste golf caddies who carry their bags, and in a manner that reproduces their positions of privilege and author ... More

Keywords: Bangalore, India, social mobility, informal labor, global development, inequality, wealth, poverty, elites, golf caddies

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190664763
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190664763.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Inglis, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Grinnell College

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