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Gender in South Asia
Social Imagination and Constructed Realities

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  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107043619

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  • This book is an examination of gender in South Asia and its intersection with other social variables like caste and class. It spans a wide canvas in terms of different social classes, ranging from elite to Dalit women of India, and takes material from ancient texts and modern media, literature and ethnographic materials forming a historical discourse. There is an appraisal of what feminism means in the Indian context and the cross-cultural construction of patriarchy that varies in its manifestations across time and space. The readers are taken on a journey that shows how gender can only be understood in its social and historical context and as a dynamic and performative concept that emerges out of both collective imaginations and social realities. The use of descriptive and narrative style makes the book readable and enjoyable to both academic and non-academic readers.

    • Discusses ground level reality through fieldwork examples
    • Presents the confusing complexity of what is meant by 'Indian woman' and its complement, 'Indian man'
    • Rich overview of gender and feminist theory re-examined in the context of South Asia
    • Addresses popularly held misconceptions and myths about South Asian women
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107043619
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 155 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Colonial India and the construction of upper-caste/class women
    3. Elite women: education and emergence of feminism
    4. Work and gender relations of a low-caste group in urban Delhi
    5. Globalization and the emerging gender issues in India
    6. Conclusion: redefining the feminine

  • Author

    Subhadra Mitra Channa, University of Delhi
    Subhadra Mitra Channa is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Delhi. Her areas of interest include the study of marginal groups belonging to Dalits, tribes and women as a category. Professor Channa was the President of the Indian Anthropological Association and is the Editor of The Indian Anthropologist, the journal of the Association.

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