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In Search of Answers: Indian Women's Voices from Manushi

Madhu Kishwar (Author) Ruth Vanita (Author)
Synopsis In search of answers offers a selection of the most incisive records--analysis as well as testimony--to have appeared in the journal in the first five years. Vividly portrayed are the living and working conditions and the day-to-day struggles of millions of ordinary Indian women. The articles explore why, even four decades after independence, women remain oppressed, and need to toil endlessly for basic necessities--food, fuel, and water. This culture of women's oppression is seen not as a hangover from a traditional past, but as rooted in modern economic and political developments of the last century or more. In this context critical issues are studied, such as the patriarchal bias of our social and legal system, women's near total disinheritance from property rights, the exclusive male control over land, the devaluation of women's labour, their marginal role in decision-making, and the violence they encounter from the family, society, and the police as agents of the state.
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About the authors

Madhu Kishwar

Madhu Kishwar is a prominent social activist and editor of the well-known journal Manushi. She is also a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Ruth Vanita

Ruth Vanita, Professor, University of Montana, former Reader, Delhi University, India, was founding co-editor of Manushi, India's first nationwide feminist journal, from 1978 to 1990. She is the author of several books, including sappho and the Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and the English Literary Imagination; Love's Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West; Gandhi's Tiger and Sita's Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature and History. Her latest book, Gender; sex and the city: Urdu Rekhti Poetry 1780-1870, appeared in 2012.

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Bibliographic information

Title In Search of Answers: Indian Women's Voices from Manushi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8173041741
length x+249; Maps; 23cm.