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Women's Studies in India - A Reader
Women's Studies in India - A Reader

Women's Studies in India - A Reader

by Ritu Menon

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English

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9780143063773 - Year: 2008 - Pages: 657

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Author: Ritu Menon
Ruth Vanita/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Mary E John
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 657
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143063773

Description

Women’s studies first emerged in India during the 1970s as a forceful critique of those processes that had made women invisible after independence—invisible not only to society and the state, but also to higher education and its disciplines. Since that beginning, so much has happened in this already vast field that it would be hard to find a major issue or subject that has not been addressed by scholars and activists.

This comprehensive reader sets out to provide a map of the development of women’s studies and the ever expanding terrain that it has been investigating. The introduction explores the growth of the field from the upheavals of the 1970s to the transformed conjunctures of the 1990s. In the process, the often elusive relationships between women’s studies, the women’s movement and the structures of higher education are highlighted. Over eighty edited essays have been brought together in this single volume under distinct thematic clusters—from the new beginnings of the 1970s to politics, history, development, violence, the law, education, health, family and household, caste and tribe, religion and communalism, sexualities, and literature and the media. This reader is for both newcomers to women’s studies and for those who have long been part of it.

Contents

Sources and Copyright Acknowledgement
Preface
Introduction

1. NEW BEGINNINGS
From Accommodation to Articulation: Women’s Movement in India
NEERA DESAI

The Making of a Founding Text
VINA MAZUMDAR

Women in Revolt: A Historical Analysis of the Progressive Organisation of Women in Andhra Pradesh
K. LALITA

Initiatives against Dowry Deaths
MADHU KISHWAR AND RUTH VANITA

The Bodhgaya Struggle
MANIMALA

Implications of Declining Sex Ratio in India’s Population
ASOK MITRA

2. POLITICS
‘Socialist-Feminist’ Organizations and the Women’s Movement
GAIL OMVEDT

The Question of Autonomy
NANDITA GANDHI AND NANDITA SHAH

The Enabling Process of Empowerment
NARAYAN K. BANERJEE

On the Concept of ‘Empowerment’
MANORANJAN MOHANTY

Interview with Satyabhama ‘Nani’ Lawand
SHARMILA JOSHI

The Elusive ‘Woman’: Feminism and the Women’s Reservation Bill
NIVEDITA MENON

The fourth World Conference on Women: A Report from China
INDU AGNIHOTRI

3. HISTORY
Beyond the Altekarian Paradigm: Towards a New Understanding of Gender Relations in Early Indian History
UMA CHAKRAVARTI

Of Begums and Tawaifs: The Women of Awadh
SALEEM KIDWAI

Positivism and Nationalism: Womanhood and Crisis in Nationalist Fiction – Bankimchandra’s Anandamath
JASODHARA BAGCHI

Periyar, Women and an Ethic of Citizenship
V.GEETHA

Her-Self: Early Writings on Gender by Malayalee Women
J.DEVIKA

Citizens, Workers and Emblems of Culture: An Analysis of the First Plan Document on Women
MAITRAYEE CHAUDHURI

August Anarchy
RITU MENON AND KAMLA BHASIN

Pramila Tai
STREE SHAKTI SANGHATANA

4. DEVELOPMENT
Women’s Work in Indian Census: Beginnings of Change
MAITHREYI KRISHNARAJ

Why do Women Need Independent Rights in Land?
BINA AGARWAl

Broader Issues for Discussion: Women’s Development Programme, Rajasthan
SAHELI, SABALA SANGH, ACTION INDIA, DISHA, WOMWN’S CENTRE, FOW,AWAZ-E-NISWAN

Women, Kerala and some Development Issues
K. SARADAMONI

Feminism, Poverty and Globalization
MARY E. JOHN

How Real is the Begey of Feminization?
NIRMALA BANERJEE

Women in Struggle: A Case Study of the Chipko Movement
KUMUD SHARMA

Decolonizing the North
VANDANA SHIVA

5.VIOLENCE
Rape and the Construction of Communal Identity
KALPANA KANNABIRAN

Politics of Widow Immolation
SUDESH VAID

Domestic Violence
MALAVIKA KARLEKAR

The Impossible Subject: Cast and Desire in the Scene of the Family
SUSIE THARU

Speaking Peace: An Introduction
URVASHI BUTALIA

6. LAW
An Open Letter to the Chief Justice of India
UPENDRA BAXI, VASUDHA DHAGAMWAR, RAGHUNATH KELKAR, LOTIKA SARKAR

Family Courts: From the Frying Pan into the Fire?
FLAVIA AGNES

Human Rights Lawyering: A Feminist Perspective
NANDITA HAKSAR

Sexcapades and the Law
RATNA KAPUR

Enforcing Cultural Codes: Gender and Violence in Northern India
PREM CHOWDHRY

The Two-child Norm and Population Policy
MOHAN RAO

7. EDUCATION
Women and the Nation: The Trouble with Their Voices
PARTHA CHATTERJEE

Strishiksha or Education for Women
TANIKA SARKAR

Education for Women’s Equality” National Policy on Education, 1986
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The Story of my Sanskrit
KUMUD PAWDE

Gender Inequality in Primary Schooling in India: The Human Rights Perspective
KARUNA CHANANA

Creating an Enabling Environment
ZOYA HASAN AND RITU MENON

Gender and Curriculum
DIPTA BHOG

8. HEALTH
Backpain, the Feminine Affliction
VEENA SHATRUGNA, NIRMALA SOUNDARAJAN, P. SUNDARAIAH, LEELA RAMAN

Contraceptive Research: Is there a Gender-Neutral Approach?
VINEETA BAL, VANI SUBRAMANIAN AND LAXMI MURTHY, SAHELI

Reproductive Health: A Public Health Perspective
IMRANA QADEER

Our Health Our Heritage
SHODHINI

Our Mind Our Madness
BHARGAVI V. DAVAR

A Disabled Feminism?
ANITA GHAI

9. HOUSEHOLD AND FAMILY
The Tyranny of the Household
DEVAKI JAIN AND NIRMALA BANERJEE


Economics and Patriliny: Consumption and Authority within the Household
RAJNI PALRIWALA

The Widows of November 1984
JAYA SRIVASTAVA

Learning to ‘Adjust’: Conjugal Relations in Indian Popular Fiction
AMITA TYAGI SINGH AND PATRICIA UBEROI

ON the Uniform Civil Code: Uniformity vs Equality
BRINDA KARAT

10. CASTE AND TRIBE
Dalit Women: The Downtrodden among the Downtrodden
RUTH MANORAMA

Writing Caste, Writing Gender: Dalit Women’s Testimonios
SHARMILA REGE

Dalit Women: The Conflict and the Dilemma
ANNIE NANALA

Caste and Women
LEELA DUBE

Women and Gender in the Study of Tribes in India
VIRGINIUS XAXA

Ethnicity and Gender: Identity Politics among the Khasi
TIPLUT NONGBRI

11. COMMUNALISM AND RELIGION

The Shah Bano Case
RADHA KUMAR

Women’s Movements in a Secular Framework: Redefining the Agendas
FLAVIA AGNES

Women’s Movement and Religion
GABRIELE DIETRICH

Politics of Diversity: Religious Communities and Multiple Patriarchies
KUNKUM SANGARI

Pragmatics of the Hindu Right: Politics of Women’s Organizations Tanika Sarkar


12. SEXUALITIES
Unravelling the Kamasutra
KUMKUM ROY

The Devadasi, Dharma and the State
JANAKI NAIR

Sex Workers’ Manifesto
DURBAR MAHILA SAMANWAYA COMMITTEE

Lesbian Emergence
CAMPAIGN FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS

The Troubled Existence of Sex and Sexuality: Feminists Engage with Censorship
SHOHINI GHOSH

Querying Marriage and Family
RINCHIN

13. LITERATURE AND MEDIA
Alternative Interpretation of the Ramayana: Views from Below
NABABEETA DEV SEN

Binodini Dasi: An Actress in the drama of public Modernity in India
SUSIE THARU

Life after Rape: Narrative, Rape and Feminism
RAJESWARI SUNDER RAJAN

Telugu Feminist Poetry
VASANTH KANNABIRAN AND VOLGA

Integrating whose Nation? Tourists and terrorists Raja
TEJASWINI NIRANJANA

The Medium is the Message
KALPANA SHARMA

Gender Construction in the News Media
SONIA BATHLA

Notes on Contributors
Index

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