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Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens

Uma Chakravarti (Author)

The continuous demand for Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens (2003) led to this revised edition which analyses the recent socio-economic and political changes that have taken place. Caste-based marriage and control over women's sexuality have been crucial for the continuation of the caste system in India. Thus, caste and gender are linked. Brutal reprisals have followed when dalits and women have tried to challenge caste-based marriage and inequality which allots strict rules of conduct for women and all dalits.

Maithreyi Krishnaraj, the Series Editor, highlights the author’s discussion on the new ways in which caste violence targets women and on the changes within the family—immediate and extended—that still keep women subservient to caste norms. She points to the new discussion on an economy in transition to capitalism, and persistent conflicts over religion, language, ethnicity and other differences that relate to gender.

The book also includes a new ‘Afterword: Caste and Gender in the New Millennium’, which provides an updated discussion on the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 (known in short as Prevention of Atrocities Act: POA). Erudite, yet accessible, this book enables the reader to understand the ramifications of caste today.

Contents: 1. Understanding Caste. 2. The Axis of Gender Stratification in India. 3. Caste, Class and Gender: The Historical. 4. Roots of Brahmanical Patriarchy. 5. The Formation of Patriarchy and the Subordination of Women. 6. The Diversity of Patriarchal Practices. 7. Critiques of Caste and Gender Stratification. 8. Pre-Colonial Structures of Caste and Gender: An Eighteenth-Century Example. 9. Caste in the Colonial Period. 10. Caste and Gender in Contemporary India. 11. Epilogue. 12. Afterword: Caste and Gender in the New Millennium. 13. Select Bibliography and Filmography. 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 Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789381345443
length 224p.