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Embodiment: Essays on Gender and Identity

Meenakshi Thapan (Editor)
Synopsis "The woman's body is the foundation on which gender inequality is built, established and legitimized, and understanding it in different contexts, settings and situations is therefore the primary objective of this book. All the essays, in different ways examine gender inequalities which are revealed in the complex interplay between society, gender and body. Subjects covered include Indian feminist movements, western views on prostitution, the notion of space in relation to female identity, a socio-historical study of a scandal and women, sexuality and marriage. This book is important because the papers in it directly address the problem of gender identity as constituted by the woman's body in relation to family, community and society in everyday life."
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About the author

Meenakshi Thapan

Meenakshi Thapan is Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. She was earlier a Professor at the Department of Education, University of Delhi (1989-2002) and a Fellow of the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (1993-95). Professor Thapan was elected the first C.R. Parekh Visiting Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University (1998) and was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Chicago (1995). she has previously published Life at School: An Ethnographic Study and has edited Embodiment: Essays on Gender and Identity and Anthropological Journeys: Reflections of Fieldwork. She has also contributed essays to edited volumes and published research articles in professional journals in India and abroad.

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Title Embodiment: Essays on Gender and Identity
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1997
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195641795
length xiii+340p., 22cm.