From the Jacket:
Several Books have been written about the position of women in India's patriarchal society. This collection of twelve narratives, however, focuses not so much on women's subservient position vis-à-vis men, but on women's relations with each other. With the authors locating their personal struggles within those of three generations of women in their families, these narratives span a period of over 100 years, and intersect both the private and public domains.
Reflecting on the emotional lines of matriliny within the social structure of patriliny, each narrative in A Space of Her Own is a tale of how the author fought to establish her own personhood and create a sphere of autonomy where she is able to make decisions to nature herself and those around her. Four themes emerge prominently from these narratives:
It is stories such as these, the editors argue, which repeated over generations will inspire women to live with dignity and to create and defend lives for themselves, their families, and the women who follow them. Powerful and moving, these narratives will interest students and scholars in the fields of women's studies and culture studies, while being widely welcomed by feminists, activists and anyone interested in the status of women in India.
About the Author:
Leela Gulati works on the issues of women, work and poverty, and has used the tools of the anthropologist to understand economic questions. In recent years she has been interested in studying the effects of Asian labour migration, both on women who stay behind and on those who migrate.
Jasodhara Bagchi is Chaiperson, West Bengal Commission for Women, and Founder Director of the School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University.
Carolyn M. Elliott
|1.||The Wind Beneath My Wings
Nabaneeta Dev Sen
|2.||A Heritage of Heresy within Tradition
|3.||A Daughter of Awadh
|4.||A Struggle for Space
|5.||The Tyranny of Tradition
|6.||Wings Come to Those Who Fly
Maithreyi Krishna Raj
|7.||The Times that are a-Changing
Priti T. Desai
|8.||Uneven Earth and Open Sky
|9.||Abode of Colour
|10.||Striking New Roots
|11.||Matriliny within Patriliny
|12.||Three Generations of Women
|Afterword: The Colonised Coloniser
|About the Editors and Contributors||271|