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Rewriting History--The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai
Rewriting History--The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai

Rewriting History--The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai

by Uma Chakravarti

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Language

English

Publisher

Kali/Zubaan

ISBN

8185107793 - Year: 2006 - Pages: 402

Binding

Paperback

Uma Chakravarti
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Author: Uma Chakravarti
Publisher: Kali/Zubaan
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 402
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185107793

Description

This book outlines the life, work and times of Pandita Ramabai, one of India's earliest feminists.

It examines the manner in which the colonial state's new institutional structures, cast contestations, class formation and nationalism transformed and reorganized gender relations. It also explores the nature of the new agendas being set for women, how these were received by them and in what ways and to what extent their consent to these reconstructed patriarchies was produced.

The author shows that while many women were ready to act as willing reproducers of caste, class and gender norms, there were others who withheld consent to the dominant model of patriarchy emerging in the nineteenth century. She argues that certain processes in nineteenth century Maharashtra created the conditions for a fairly sharp critique of patriarchy to emerge, a unique feature for its time.

Contents

Prologue

CHAPTER I
Caste, Gender and the State in Eighteenth Century Maharashtra

CHAPTER II
Cast Contestation Class Formation, Nationalism and Gender

CHAPTER III
Law, Colonial State and Gender

CHAPTER IV
Men, Women and the Embattled Family

CHAPTER V
On Widowhood : The Critique of Cultural Practices in Women's Writing

CHAPTER VI
Structure and Agency : A Life and a Time

Bibliography
Index

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