Suitably Modern: making middle-class culture in a new consumer society

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Mark Liechty


Princeton University Press, Princeton, p.292 (2003)


Kathmandu; Nepal; middle-class; consumerism; consumption


This book details Liechty's ethnographic investigations into Kathmandu's burgeoning middle-class, tracing practices that work to distinguish this group from its neighbors "above" and "below" it. By examining closely the processes consumption, Liechty's neo-Weberian approach looks to how the everyday practices of actors continuously work to produce and reproduce what it means to be middle-class in Nepal.

This work provides on-the-ground ethnographic data reflecting the qualitative changes that have resulted from the grand-narrative that one might call "globalization."