Author: Raka RayPublisher: Kali/ZubaanYear: 2000Language: EnglishPages: 217ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186706232
Explores the political and cultural circumstances under which groups of women organize to fight for their rights and self-worth.The women's movement in India has a long and rich history in which millions of women live, work and struggle to survive in order to remake their family, home and social lives. Whether fighting for safe contraception, literacy, water and electricity or resisting sexual harassment, they are participating in vibrant and active women's movements that are thriving in many parts of India today.Starting with Bombay and Calcutta, Raka Ray discusses the creation of political fields - structured, unequal and socially constructed political environments within which organizations exist, flourish or fail. Women's organizations are not anonymous or free agents; rather they inherit a field and its accompanying social relations, and when thy act, they act in response to it and within it. Drawing on the literature of both social movements and feminism, Ray analyses the striking differences between the movements of these two cities.