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"This richly detailed ethnography describes ideas about aging, gender, and body in a Bengali village in North India."-"Choice

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Sarah Lamb is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University.
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  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (August 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520220013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520220010
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Lamb is Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University, USA. Her research focuses on aging, gender, families and understandings of personhood in daily life in West Bengal, India and the United States. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University (1982) and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago (1993). Her books include: White Saris and Sweet Mangoes: Aging, Gender and Body in North India; Aging and the Indian Diaspora: Cosmopolitan Families in India and Abroad; and (with Diane Mines) Everyday Life in South Asia. Her current research critically examines US notions of "successful" aging. Sarah Lamb lives in Needham, Massachusetts with her spouse, two daughters and a dog, and for recreation enjoys running, hiking, cross-country skiing, travel, gardening, and music.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2000
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This book not only provides a fascinating, rich account of the ways people in West Bengal, India experience aging, but it really makes one think in new ways about the kinds of assumptions permeating aging and dying, family and gender, in our own society (North America). The author, an anthropologist, has spent several years in India. The stories she tells of her own experiences there are some of the most engaging in the book. Particular individuals come alive as well, such as Khudi Thakrun, the oldest woman in the village (at 97 years), who doesn't yet want to relinquish life and the wonderful attachments and pleasures derived from eating sweet mangoes, wandering the village to spread news, and loaning out money to increase her wealth. The book centers on village life but includes as well interesting accounts of old age homes in Calcutta and Indian popular cultural representations of old age. It complements well Lawrence Cohen's NO AGING IN INDIA. This book focuses more on experience, everyday life, and gender.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2002
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Ms. Lamb has produced a sensitive look into aging in a particular society, but in the process has touched on people of all ages. In observing the people of India I am able to compare to our value system and to touch values of real significance in living. Ms Lamb writes as an anthropologist and pictures real people dealing with adversity and demonstrating positive outlooks. I found the book uplifting and I look forward to more from Ms. Lamb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha Anandakrishnan on September 15, 2008
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I am using this for a class on ethnography and I really only skimmed it before ordering it for the course. I am very impressed by the depth and breadth of the author's knowledge and the resonance it has with our own issues concerning aging in North America and beyond. As an anthropologist who has worked in India I also found it to be a vivid trip back to a much-loved land.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Black on November 14, 2008
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It has been several years since I read this book by Sarah Lamb. The characters are still alive in my memory, and I would like Ms Lamb to return to India to update the lives she decribed. She is an Anthropoligist wrriting with warmth, who creates a lasting impression.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Serrano-piche on October 1, 2009
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I hated the book itself but the purchase was legitimate, relatively fast, and in good condition.
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