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Tuesday, October 21
Now the Country Belongs to All of Us!: Toward a 'Post-Neoliberal' Ecuador
Program in Latin American Studies
Erin Fitz Henry, The University of Melbourne
216 Aaron Burr Hall  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
The Right Spouse: Preferential Marriages in Tamil Nadu
PIIRS Director's Book Forum
Isabelle Clark-Deces, Anthropology

Clark-Decès presents readers with a focused anthropology of Tamil, a waning marriage
system: its past, present and dwindling future. The book takes on the main pillars of Tamil social
organization, considers the ways in which Tamil intermarriage establishes kinship and social rank
and argues that past scholars have improperly defined “Dravidian” kinship. Within her critique of
past scholarship, Clark-Decès recasts a powerful and vivid image of preferential marriage in Tamil
Nadu and how those preferences and marital rules play out in lived reality.
219 Aaron Burr Hall  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.