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Moral Materialism

Moral Materialism

Sex And Masculinity In Modern Pbi - India

Joseph S. Alter
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‘Masculine’ is most commonly defined in direct contrast to ‘feminine’. Masculinity is thus often seen as an antithesis of femininity, the two ideas apparently locked in a tussle over the allocation of characteristics.

Joseph Alter bypasses this opposition altogether in his original exploration of the concept of masculinity in modern PBI – India. He offers a strikingly new interpretation of PBI – Indian ‘maleness’, one that refers to itself, and not to an ‘other’. Through the distinct yet interrelated lenses of nationalism, yoga, wrestling, the concept of brahmacharya and male chastity, Alter examines the moral, material and biological roots of PBI – Indian masculinity. Unusually, it is the ideal of the celibate male that is the basis for this exploration.

Moral Materialism: Sex and Masculinity in Modern PBI – India offers an elegant and inventive perspective on the multiple meanings of PBI – Indian masculinity.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Nov/2011

ISBN: 9780143417415

Length : 256 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

Moral Materialism

Sex And Masculinity In Modern Pbi - India

Joseph S. Alter

‘Masculine’ is most commonly defined in direct contrast to ‘feminine’. Masculinity is thus often seen as an antithesis of femininity, the two ideas apparently locked in a tussle over the allocation of characteristics.

Joseph Alter bypasses this opposition altogether in his original exploration of the concept of masculinity in modern PBI – India. He offers a strikingly new interpretation of PBI – Indian ‘maleness’, one that refers to itself, and not to an ‘other’. Through the distinct yet interrelated lenses of nationalism, yoga, wrestling, the concept of brahmacharya and male chastity, Alter examines the moral, material and biological roots of PBI – Indian masculinity. Unusually, it is the ideal of the celibate male that is the basis for this exploration.

Moral Materialism: Sex and Masculinity in Modern PBI – India offers an elegant and inventive perspective on the multiple meanings of PBI – Indian masculinity.

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Joseph S. Alter

Joseph S. Alter is an anthropologist who earned his doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is professor and department chair. He was born in Landour, Uttarakhand and divides his time between Pittsburgh and the Allegheny mountains of western Pennsylvania and Mussoorie in the Himalayas. For thirty years he has been conducting research on various aspects of society and culture in South Asia with a particular focus on physical fitness, sport, and the culture and history of medicine. He has written five books, including The Wrestler’s Body (University of California Press, 1992), Knowing Dil Das (Penguin India 2010), Gandhi’s Body (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000), Asian Medicine and Globalization (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) and Yoga in Modern India (Princeton University Press, 2004). He has also published extensively on a range of sports, including kabaddi and jori/mugdal, on the cultural history and philosophy of Ayurveda and Unani medicine, and on the impact of colonial and postcolonial development on the political economy of Mussoorie. Pengui n Books Moral Materialism