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New Pakistani Middle Class - by Ammara Maqsood (Hardcover)

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On the one hand, Pakistan conjures the imagery of terrorism and religious violence--a narrative consistently appearing in the media and international policy circles--and on the other hand, it alludes to aesthetic visuals associated with the Indian subcontinent and celebrated through Mughal architecture, miniature paintings, and carpets. Maqsood focuses on the way some of these images play out in the context of an expanding middle-class population in contemporary Lahore. It examines relations between an established middle class, composed of groups that yield significant social capital and have traditionally dominated urban life, and a new, more visibly religious, upwardly mobile middle class, one that has emerged in the last two decades. Through this focus, the book unravels how larger conceptions and accounts about the country inform the way these relations are mediated and how different middle-class groups present themselves to a world beyond Pakistan. Her argument is preoccupied with a concern for understanding social recognition and upward mobility when set against the backdrop of a broader desire for modernity. She connects the history of modernism in the subcontinent to contemporary forms of distinction and self-representation in Lahore, and argues how new practices of piety in Lahore speak to the politics of modernism and distinction. She provides a glimpse of the fieldwork process, while also highlighting the need to consider the idea of an imagined outside audience in the way different groups in Lahore describe and represent their own practices and views. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 194
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: Civilization
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
Author: Ammara Maqsood
Language: English
Street Date: November 13, 2017
TCIN: 52736987
UPC: 9780674280038
Item Number (DPCI): 248-47-1636

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