Quality of Life and Well-Being in an Indian Ethnic Community

The Case of Badagas

  • Gareth Davey

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Gareth Davey
    Pages 1-25
  3. Gareth Davey
    Pages 27-43
  4. Gareth Davey
    Pages 45-70
  5. Gareth Davey
    Pages 71-94
  6. Gareth Davey
    Pages 95-109

About this book


This book explores the quality of life of Badagas, an ethnic minority group in South India, as they navigate a society in flux, with specific reference to rural-to-urban migration and new media. At an empirical level, it reveals how Badagas understand themselves and the multifaceted changes in their culture and daily lives, exploring a pertinent concern at the forefront of debate about the future from a global perspective. The book draws attention to the fact that people are adopting flexible identities and lifestyles in an attempt to survive and thrive in a changing India and world, a new ‘Indian-ness’ shaped at the local level. It offers a timely update on previous research on Badagas, which dates to the 1990s, and also serves as an important case study on people’s experiences of the social and economic transformation of Indian society as they become accustomed to new ideas, products, and ways of life. As such, it is a must-read for all those interested in quality of life in India and developing societies. 


Quality of Life in Badagas Identity and Quality of Life Data Collection and Analysis Social Inequality in the Nilgiri Social Mobility Migration in India Hisory and Culture of Badagas Lived Experiences of Badagas Quality of Life of rural-to-urban migrants New Media and Cultural Change in India

Authors and affiliations

  • Gareth Davey
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Anthropology and ConservationThe University of KentCanterburyUnited Kingdom

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