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South Asia Center presents: Hayden Kantor - Masculine Appetites: Class, Labor, and the Politics of Consumption in Bihar, India

341 Eggers Hall

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Given the persistent insecurity that marks life in rural Bihar, India, how do people gain bodily strength and a measure of pleasure in their eating habits? In this talk, Hayden Kantor examines how rural men express their masculine identity through their consumption practices. Specifically, meat and alcohol are at the center of spirited local debates about men's entitlements and obligations. Here Kantor considers how notions proper comportment are contested and vary according to caste and class.

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