Patterns of Middle Class Consumption in India and China: Edited by Christophe Jaffrelot and Peter van der Veer; Sage Publications India Ltd., B 1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044.

Rs. 695.

This book explores the social and political implications of the new consumption patterns among the middle classes of India and China in the context of economic growth, liberalisation of markets and globalisation. Reflecting upon and critically engaging with the traditional sociological notions on which definitions of the middle class have been based, the book analyses the intermingling of these notions with new attitudes in the wake of the consumer revolution.

After Globalization — Essays in Religion, Culture and Identity: Jyotirmaya Tripathy — Editor; Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 15, J.N. Heredia Marg, Ballard Estate, Mumbai-400001. Rs. 500.

Collection of select essays of a seminar on the subject in an interdisciplinary attempt to explore, understand and analyse some of the issues and paradoxes posed by globalisation. The papers engage with the idea of globalisation at a conceptual and epistemic level, or draw from the political, cultural and religious dimensions of globalisation.

Growth Divergences — Explaining Differences in Economic Performance: Edited by Jose Antonio Ocampo, Jomo K.S. and Rob Vos: Orient Longman, Zed Books and Third World Network in association with the United Nations; 3-6-752 Himayatnagar, Hyderabad-500029. Rs. 525.

Unlike the 1950s and 1960s, when the rising tide of economic growth lifted most economies, the last three decades have been characterised by a paradox of greater international economic integration as well as divergent economic growth performances.

This volume of analytical studies seeks to explain these major differences in economic performance in recent decades by considering the dynamics of international economic growth, diverging growth rates, economic structures, and sources of demand, successes and collapses in the developing world, recent episodes of real income stagnation in countries. Several chapters critically review recent misleading claims and the conventional wisdom regarding the relationship of trade liberalisation, financial development, development, aid, infrastructure spending, violent conflict, good governance and industrial policy to economic growth.