|April 25, 2019|
Ford Lecture Hall
“Masculinity and Capitalism: A Brief History of the Rise and Fall of a Foundational Relationship”
Raka Ray, University of California, Berkeley
Raka Ray is professor of sociology and South and Southeast Asia studies, and the present Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her AB from Bryn Mawr College, and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Professor Ray’s areas of specialization are gender and feminist theory, domination and inequality, the emerging middle classes, and social movements. Publications include Fields of Protest: Women’s Movements in India (University of Minnesota, 1999; and in India, Kali for Women, 2000), Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power, and Politics, coedited with Mary Katzenstein (Rowman and Littlefeld, 2005), Cultures of Servitude: Modernity, Domesticity and Class in India, co-authored with Seemin Qayum (Stanford University Press, 2009), Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes, coedited with Amita Baviskar (Routledge 2011) and Handbook on Gender (Oxford University Press, India, 2012).
Her current project, “Gender, Class and Neoliberalism,” is set in the cities of Mumbai, Allahabad and Siliguri and investigates new meanings of middle-classness, gender and mobility against a neoliberal economy and the valorization of the culture of aspiration.