This is the fourth in a series of ‘Everyday Conversations’ conducted by NYU English Dept. Research Group on Transnational Everyday Life. Prof. Ritty Lukose, Gallatin, New York University, speaks to Mary Ann Chacko, Doctoral Student, Teachers College, Columbia University, about approaches to everyday life and her book, Liberalization’s Children: Gender, Youth and Consumer Citizenship in India. [Duke University Press, 2009]
Prof. Ritty Lukose‘s teaching and research interests explore politics, culture, gender, globalization, and nation within the context of colonial, postcolonial, and diasporic modernities, especially as they impact South Asia. With a background in anthropology, she is particularly interested in the relationship between politics and culture within the context of western, global and non-Western feminisms. Professor Lukose’s research has been funded by the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Fulbright Program, the Spencer Foundation, and the National Academy of Education, and she has published several book chapters and articles on this research in journals such as Cultural Anthropology, Social History, Social Analysis, and Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Her book, Liberalization’s Children: Gender, Youth and Consumer Citizenship in India, was published by Duke University Press (2009) and co-published in India by Orient Blackswan in 2010. She also published a co-edited book, South Asian Feminisms: Contemporary Interventions (Duke University Press, 2012 & Zubaan, a leading feminist press in India). She teaches courses on globalization, India/South Asia, nationalism and colonialism, diasporic studies, gender and feminism, and ethnography.
Mary Ann Chacko is a doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation examines the Student Police Cadet program implemented in government schools across Kerala, India with a focus on adolescent citizenship and school-community relations. She is an Editor of Cafe Dissensus. Read more of her work on her blog, Chintavishta.