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Women in Early Indian Societies

Kumkum Roy (Editor) B.D. Chattopadhyaya (Editor)

Women in Early Indian Societies is an anthology of excerpts from the works of authors who have shaped our understanding of gender relations in early India. Also included are papers which provide fresh insights or explore alternative paradigms and possibilities.

The first section focuses on the diverse issues and perspectives in women's history so as to give the reader an overview of the implicit and explicit debates are methodological strategies and problems. Section ll highlights some aspects of the meterial context and content of gender relations, especially in terms of property, labour, and the impact of processes such as urbanization.

Section lll through investugations in polyansry and prostitution, and also draws attention to the possobility of regional variations. The last section, on religious traditions, includes analyses of the god-dess cult, women's patronage of religious institutions, and early Bhakti movements.

The volume contains an editorial introduction which context-ualizes the anthology, and a detailed bibliography.

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About the authors

Kumkum Roy

Kumkum Roy is currently Professor, centre for historical studies, Jawaharlal Nehru Unicersity, New Delhi. Her publications include The Emergence of Monarchy in North India (1994) and research papers. Her special areas of interest are early political institutions, and gender relations.

B.D. Chattopadhyaya

B.D. Chattopadhyaya retired as Professor, centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Women in Early Indian Societies
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2015
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8173040621, 9788173043826
length 335p., 21cm.