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In the Name of Justice: Women and Law in Society

Swapna Mukhopadhyay (Editor)
Synopsis In the early years of post-Independence India, the role of law and legal reforms in ensuring greater gender justice in society was perceived as non-ambivalent and positive. The picture is no longer so clear cut. Analysis of recent experience suggests that in the hands of a patriarchal state machinery, legislation, can indeed reinforce the social subjugation of women. This collection of papers which was originally presented in a national seminar on 'Women and Law' traverses the complex interface of law, tradition and culture to explore the potential of law as an instrument of social engineering. It also opens up new dimensions in the legal discourse on gender such as in the area of women's health and institutionalisation of women.
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About the author

Swapna Mukhopadhyay

Swapna Mukhopadhyaya is overall Project Director Gender Network Project and Director, Institute of Social Studies Trust, New Delhi. she is a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and joined ISST as Director in 1994. She has researched extensively on poverty, gender and labour market issues. She has designed and coordinated the Gender network Project from its inception at ISST, which has within the last decade evolved into a premier action research institute.

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Title In the Name of Justice: Women and Law in Society
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8173041296
length 137p., 23cm.