In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalizing South India

In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalizing South India

Jocelyn Lim Chua


Once celebrated as a version improvement for its revolutionary social symptoms, the southern Indian country of Kerala has earned the hot contrast because the nation’s suicide capital, with suicide charges hovering to triple the nationwide general considering 1990. instead of an aberration at the route to improvement and modernity, Keralites comprehend this quandary to be the sour fruit borne of those ancient struggles and the aspirational dilemmas they've got produced in daily life.  Suicide, accordingly, deals a strong lens onto the experiential and affective dimensions of improvement and worldwide switch within the postcolonial world.

within the lengthy shadow of worry and uncertainty that suicide casts in Kerala, residing acquires new that means and contours.  during this robust ethnography, Jocelyn Chua attracts on years of fieldwork to expand the sphere of imaginative and prescient past suicide because the termination of existence, contemplating how suicide generates new methods of dwelling in those apprehensive times.

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