Bhrigupati Singh to Discuss Poverty and the Quest for Life: Somewhere between the Rural and the Urban in South Asia 


Bhrigupati SinghOn Tuesday October 11th, the South Asia Center, in conjunction with Syracuse University’s Departments of Anthropology and Religion, is pleased to host Bhrigupati Singh to discuss Poverty and the Quest for Life: Somewhere between the Rural and the Urban in South Asia. The lecture will take place in 341 Eggers Hall at 12:30PM.

Bhrigupati Singh is an assistant professor of anthropology at Brown University. In this talk, Singh will discuss their recent book Poverty and the Quest for Life (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Set in Shahabad, an area of extreme poverty in rural Rajasthan, and focusing on the Sahariyas, a community of former bonded laborers, this book asks what the terms “aspiration” and “quality of life” might mean within such a milieu. Further, the author describes how some of the concepts and insights from this book move into their current fieldwork in psychiatric clinics in low income “resettlement colonies” in Delhi.