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Thinking Gender, Doing Gender: Feminist Scholarship and Practice Today

 
Uma Chakravarti (Editor)
Synopsis

In the 1980s, gender was acknowledged as a useful and necessary category of analysis. The first generation of feminist scholars defined the new field and provided a rich corpus of works; later generations of scholars and activists then expanded it through their writings on culture, film and media, and sexuality.

Thinking Gender, Doing Gender focuses on these issues, as well as on pedagogy and classroom practice, theoretical obstacles created by disciplinary constraints, and practices in the performing arts from a gender perspective. This volume focuses more on doing gender rather thinking gender: in classrooms, in the making of curricula, in the writing and recall of history, in reading literature and cinema, and in the practice of culture in theatre and urban spaces.

Contents: Introduction. Section I: Feminist Pedagogies. 1. Education as Truttiya Ratna: Phule, Ambedkar and pedagogical practice/Sharmila Rege. 2. Women, men and others in the class and in the past: the challenges of mainstreaming gender in history/Kumkum Roy. 3. Reading gender in school textbooks: the tussle between tradition and modernity/Dipta Bhog, Disha Mullick and Purwa Bharadwaj. 4. Chatra Prabhodhan: Tacking modern education to tradition/Swati Dyahadroy. 5. Feminist activism in the pedagogy and practice of science: an interactionist approach/Chayanika Shah. Section II: History and Memory. 6. Feminist epistemology and oral history as method/Mahua Sarkar. 7. The ‘Man-Made’ famine and women’s responses to hunger: the pivotal dynamics of food in the Tebhaga movement/Kavita Panjabi. 8. Memory as ritual, memory as renewal: some thoughts on feminist history-writing/V. Geetha. Section III: Along the Bylanes: Reading Culture, Doing Culture. 9. Devadasi and/or ‘Prostitute’: analysing ‘Jogtin Prostitute’ in post-colonial rural Maharashtra/Anagha Tambe. 10. ‘Mitro Marjani’: Recasting women and subversion/Shubhra Nagalia. 11. Gender and commodity aesthetics in Tamilnadu 1950-70/S. Anandhi. 12. Reimagining nation: redefining region and gender and identity in the cinema of the 1950s/Vaishali Diwakar. 13. Women in theatre: journeys from ‘respectability’ to agency/Lata Singh. 14. Staging feminist theatre/A. Mangai. 15. Building blocks: casting a woman’s eye on the built environment/Vani Subramanium. Index.

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About the author

Uma Chakravarti

Dr. Uma Chakravarti teaches History at Miranda House, University of Delhi. She held a research fellowship at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi between 1990-94. She has published several articles in the field of social history particularly on caste, labour and gender. Among her forthcoming publications is a book titled Gender, Class and Nation: The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai.

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Title Thinking Gender, Doing Gender: Feminist Scholarship and Practice Today
Format Hardcover
Date published: 10.03.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788125062394
length 364p.,