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Author Chua, Jocelyn Lim.
Title In pursuit of the good life : aspiration and suicide in globalizing South India / Jocelyn Lim Chua.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, [2014]
2014

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Author Chua, Jocelyn Lim.
Subject Suicide -- Social aspects -- India -- Kerala.
East Indians -- India -- Kerala -- Psychology.
East Indians -- India -- Kerala -- Social conditions.
Kerala (India) -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Kerala (India) -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Suicide.
Self-Injurious Behavior.
Socioeconomic Factors.
Sociology.
Social Problems.
Behavioral Symptoms.
Social Sciences.
Population Characteristics.
Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena
Delivery of Health Care.
Behavior.
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms
Psychiatry and Psychology
Suicide -- psychology.
Social Change.
India.
Description 1 online resource
Summary "Once celebrated as a model development for its progressive social indicators, the southern Indian state of Kerala has earned the new distinction as the nation's suicide capital, with suicide rates soaring to triple the national average since 1990. Rather than an aberration on the path to development and modernity, Keralites understand this crisis to be the bitter fruit borne of these historical struggles and the aspirational dilemmas they have produced in everyday life. Suicide, therefore, offers a powerful lens onto the experiential and affective dimensions of development and global change in the postcolonial world. In the long shadow of fear and uncertainty that suicide casts in Kerala, living acquires new meaning and contours. In this powerful ethnography, Jocelyn Chua draws on years of fieldwork to broaden the field of vision beyond suicide as the termination of life, considering how suicide generates new ways of living in these anxious times."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents The "problem" of striving. Between the devil and the deep sea -- Gazing at the stars, aiming for the treetops -- Tales the dead are made to tell -- On living in a time of suicide. Care-full acts -- Anywhere but here -- Fit for the future.
Note English.
ISBN 9780520957640 (electronic bk.)
0520957644 (electronic bk.)
130646336X (electronic bk.)
9781306463362 (electronic bk.)
0520281160
9780520281165
0520281152
9780520281158
9780520281158
9780520281165
OCLC # 871257560
Additional Format Print version: Chua, Jocelyn Lim. In pursuit of the good life 9780520281158 (DLC) 2013049686 (OCoLC)861955201



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