Social and economic changes around the globe have propelled increasing numbers of people into situations of chronic waiting, where promised access to political freedoms, social goods, or economic resources is delayed, often indefinitely. But there have been few efforts to reflect on the significance of "waiting" in the contemporary world.Timepass fills this gap by offering a captivating ethnography of the student politics and youth activism that lower middle class young men in India have undertaken in response to pervasive underemployment. It highlights the importance of waiting as a social experience and basis for political mobilization, the micro-politics of class power in north India, and the socio-economic strategies of lower middle classes. The book also explores how this north Indian story relates to practices of waiting occurring in multiple other contexts, making the book of interest to scholars and students of globalization, youth studies, and class across the social sciences.
Stanford University Press; August 2010
- ISBN: 9780804775137
- Edition: 1
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- Title: Timepass
- Author: Craig Jeffrey
Imprint: Stanford University Press
In The Press
"Craig Jeffrey's lucid and insightful ethnography of young men of Meerut both challenges and helps refine our understanding of power and privilege in India by shifting the focus away from the metropolitan centers usually studied. He successfully demonstrates how the label 'Indian middle class' could only ever refer to a growing but fractured social formation. A timely and significant book."
About The Author
Craig Jeffrey is a Fellow, Tutor, and University Lecturer in Geography at Oxford University. He is a coauthor of Degrees Without Freedom?: Education, Masculinities, and Unemployment in North India (Stanford, 2007).