Marriage, Love, Caste & Kinship Support: Lived Experiences of the Urban Poor in India makes use of interesting case studies and photographs to describe the everyday life in a squatter settlement in Delhi. The book helps to understand the marital experiences of these people most of whom belong to the Scheduled Caste and live in one identified geographical space. The author describes the shifts within their marriages, remarriages and other kinds of unions and their striking diversities, which have been described with care. Shalini Grover also examines the close ties of married women with their mothers and natal families. An important contribution of the book lies in the unfolding of the role of women-led informal courts, Mahila Panchayats, and their influence in conflict resolution. This takes place in a distinctly different mode of community-based arbitration against the backdrop of mainstream legal structures and male-dominated caste associations. The book will be of interest to students of sociology and social anthropology, gender studies, law and psychology. Activists and family counsellors will also find the book useful. This is a revised edition of the book and it brings the story of the book up to the present times. It also has an updated Bibliography and an updated Index
SHALINI GROVER is author of several papers on marriage and kinship including ‘Lived Experiences: Marriage, Notions of Love and Kinship Support Amongst Poor Women in Delhi’, Contributions to Indian Sociology, 43(1) 2009. This book was written during her tenure as a Sir Ratan Tata Fellow in Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi.