Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 42
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Anwar, Mohammad Amir and Carmody, Pádraig 2016. Bringing globalization to the countryside: Special Economic Zones in India. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Vol. 37, Issue. 2, p. 121.

    Khandekar, Aalok 2016. Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science.

    Philip, Kavita 2016. Telling histories of the future: the imaginaries of Indian technoscience. Identities, Vol. 23, Issue. 3, p. 276.

    Sarkar, Sreela 2016. Beyond the “digital divide”: the “computer girls” of Seelampur. Feminist Media Studies, p. 1.

    Baud, Isa 2015. The Emerging Middle Classes in India: Mobilizing for Inclusive Development?. The European Journal of Development Research, Vol. 27, Issue. 2, p. 230.

    Salminen-Karlsson, Minna 2015. Expatriate paternalistic leadership and gender relations in small European software firms in India. Culture and Organization, Vol. 21, Issue. 5, p. 409.

    Subramanian, Ajantha 2015. Making Merit: The Indian Institutes of Technology and the Social Life of Caste. Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 57, Issue. 02, p. 291.

    Atapattu, A W M M and Jayakody, J A S K 2014. The interaction effect of organizational practices and employee values on knowledge management (KM) success. Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 18, Issue. 2, p. 307.

    de Groot, Marlies and van der Horst, Hilje 2014. Indian youth in Goa: scripted performances of ‘true selves’. Tourism Geographies, Vol. 16, Issue. 2, p. 303.

    DE NEVE, GEERT 2014. Entrapped Entrepreneurship: Labour contractors in the South Indian garment industry. Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 48, Issue. 05, p. 1302.

    Deuchar, Andrew 2014. Ambivalence and optimism: The contradictory meanings of education for lower middle class young men in Dehradun, India. Geoforum, Vol. 55, p. 143.

    MAPRIL, JOSÉ 2014. The Dreams of Middle Class: Consumption, Life-course and Migration Between Bangladesh and Portugal. Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 48, Issue. 03, p. 693.

    Staples, James 2014. Food Consumption in Global Perspective.

    Chakravartty, Paula and Sarkar, Sreela 2013. Entrepreneurial Justice: The New Spirit of Capitalism in Emergent India. Popular Communication, Vol. 11, Issue. 1, p. 58.

    Hodges, Sarah 2013. Umbilical cord blood banking and its interruptions: notes from Chennai, India. Economy and Society, Vol. 42, Issue. 4, p. 651.

    Khandekar, Aalok 2013. Education Abroad: engineering, privatization, and the new middle class in neoliberalizing India. Engineering Studies, Vol. 5, Issue. 3, p. 179.

    Pio, Edwina Srinivasan, Vasanthi Murty, L.S. and Nakra, Monisha 2013. Career persistence of women software professionals in India. Gender in Management: An International Journal, Vol. 28, Issue. 4, p. 210.

    Roos, Hannelore 2013. In the Rhythm of the Global Market: Female Expatriates and Mobile Careers: A Case Study of Indian ICT Professionals on the Move. Gender, Work & Organization, Vol. 20, Issue. 2, p. 147.

    Chakraborty, Kabita 2012. Virtual mate-seeking in the urban slums of Kolkata, India. South Asian Popular Culture, Vol. 10, Issue. 2, p. 197.

    DICKEY, SARA 2012. The Pleasures and Anxieties of Being in the Middle: Emerging Middle-Class Identities in Urban South India. Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 46, Issue. 03, p. 559.


Information Technology Professionals and the New-Rich Middle Class in Chennai (Madras)

  • DOI:
  • Published online: 01 January 2007

Since 1991, when the policy of economic liberalisation began in earnest, the size and prosperity of India's middle class have grown considerably. Yet sound sociological and ethnographic information about its social structure and cultural values is still sparse, and as André Béteille (2003a: 75) comments: ‘Everything or nearly everything that is written about the Indian middle class is written by middle-class Indians…[who] tend to oscillate between self-recrimination and self-congratulation’ (cf. Béteille 2003b: 185). The former is exemplified by Pavan Varma's The Great Indian Middle Class (1998), which excoriates this class for its selfish materialism and the ‘retreat from idealism’ that was manifest in the smaller, ‘traditional middle class’ of the earlier, post-independence period (ibid.: 89). A good example of the opposite tendency is Gurcharan Das's India Unbound (2002), which celebrates ‘the rise of a confident new middle class’ (ibid.: 280). Das's diagnosis of what has changed is actually very similar to Varma's, but he insists that the new middle class is no ‘greedier’ than the old one, and the ‘chief difference is that there is less hypocrisy and more self-confidence’ (ibid.: 290).

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Modern Asian Studies
  • ISSN: 0026-749X
  • EISSN: 1469-8099
  • URL: /core/journals/modern-asian-studies
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *