Rigorous feminist critique of sociological theories and paradigms has, in recent years, raised new questions, broadened the frontiers of sociological knowledge and established gender as a conceptual category. Simultaneously, new developments within feminist scholarship have given rise to fresh explorations, which have strengthened and expanded the boundaries of feminist knowledge.
Exploring these twin developments, this invaluable reader maps the contributions made by feminist scholars towards engendering mainstream sociological discourse in India. It covers a broad range of issues relating to the lifespan of women in different social institutions such as the family, school and the workplace.
The 14 articles are grouped in two parts. The first part is devoted to conceptual issues in feminism, anthropology and sociology and themes in feminist social theories. The second part is divided into four sections which cover diverse issues in the areas of work, family, kinship, caste, education and the state. Among the themes discussed are:
About the Author:
Sharmila Rege teaches at the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre, University of Pune.
|List of Tables||ix|
|Foreword By Karuna Chanana||xiii|
|Introduction: Feminist Challenge to Sociology: Disenchanting Sociology or 'For Sociology'?
|Part I Conceptual Issues in Feminism, Anthropology and Sociology||51|
|1.||Feminist Social Theories: Theme and Variations
|2.||Problems with Patriarchy: Conceptual Issues in Anthropology and Feminism
Part II Gender and Social Institutions
Section A: Family, Marriage and Kinship
|3.||Single - and Dual - Earner Couples:
Economic Status and Marital Power
|4.||Who Gains from Matriliny? Men, Women and
Change on a Lakshadweep Island
|5.||Gender and the Khasi Family Structure: The Meghalaya
Succession to Self-Acquired Property Act, 1984
|6.||The Impact of Egyptian Male Migration on
Urban Families: 'Feminization of the Egyptian Family'
or a Reaffirmation of Traditional Gender Roles
|Section B: Work|
|7.||Women and Development: A Profile of
Active Agricultural Producers
Raj Mohini Sethi
|8.||Female Participation in Farm Work in Central Kerala
|9.||Joiners and Non-Joiners: A City Suburb and its Women's Club
|Section C: Education|
|10.||Female Sexuality and Education of Hindu Girls in India
|11.||Unequal Schooling and Reproduction of Social Inequality in India
|Section D: State|
|12.||Gender in the Making of the Indian National State
|13.||Bodies of evidence, Bodies of Rule: The Ilbert Bill,
Revivalism and Age of Consent in Colonial India
|14.||Dalit Struggle, Nude Worship and
the 'Chandragutti Incident'
Linda J. Epp
|Related Readings in the Sociological Bulletin||428|
|About the Editor||430|
|About the Contributors||431|