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Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens

Uma Chakravarty (Author)
Synopsis Addressing students and the general reader, Theorizing Feminism series introduces key concepts in feminist theory. Any reader will find the series vitally useful, not just for understanding what new theories mean and how they are used but also for grasping how they have evolved.Examining the crucial linkages between caste and gender, undertaken, perhaps, for the first time, Uma Chakravarti unmasks the mystique of consensus in the workings of the caste system to reveal the underlying violence and coercion that perpetuate a severely hierarchical and unequal society. The subordination of women and the control of female sexuality are crucial to the maintenance of the caste system, creating what feminist scholars have termed brahmanical patriarchy. She discusses the range of patriarchal practices within the larger framework of sexuality, labour and access to material resources, and also focuses on the centrality of endogamous marriages that maintain the system. Erudite yet accessible, this book enables the reader to understand the interface of gender and caste and to participate in its critical analysis.
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About the author

Uma Chakravarty

Uma Chakravarty (born, 1933), is a reputed scholar of Indology who, for about 35 years, has been with the lady Keane College, Shillong, Meghalaya, as Head of the Sanskrit Department. She also has had a stint, during 1992-93, as Visiting Fellow at the Freie Universitate, Berline, under the German Academic Exchange Service, Germany. She has published several articles on Vedic themes in the journals of international repute. Currently, Dr. Chakravarty is an ICHR (Indian Council of Historical Research) Fellow at the prestigious Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune.

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Bibliographic information

Title Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Stree
Language: English
isbn 8185604541
length xvi+183p., 23cm.