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The Socio-Cultural World of Women in Medieval Andhra

A. Padma (Author)
Synopsis The book titled " The Socio-Cultural World of Women in Medieval Andhra" (From 11th to 13th Centuries A.D.) is a study of the socio-political history of medieval Andhra from a woman's perspective. The traditional historiography has either ignored the positive role of women or portrayed it as insignificant. The fundamental contributions of wormen to socio-economic life have not been fully brought about. This has particularly been the case of Andhra history. So far no attempt has been made been made to study women in medieval Andhra and this book is the first of its kind. The special feature of the book is that, it deters from the traditional classification of women, which does not justify inclusion of all classes or categories of women. It attempts a broad classification of women into the 'elite' and the 'folk', which is based on socio-economic distinctions. Through a contextual reading of source material, a sincere attempt is made to project the variations in the society as well as attempts of integrYation at the same time and the ensuing women's involvement in these. The study, it is hoped, will make a useful contribution to women's history as we may note that in several aspects the status of women today does not seem to have changed much from the study period; particularly the importance of gender roles, status of widows and the victimization of women.
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About the author

A. Padma

The author, Dr. A. Padma is a post graduate in Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology and Women’s Studies. She obtained her M.Phil and Ph.D. from University of Hyderabad in History. Her field of specialisation is Women in Medieval Andhra. Dr. Padma has published various articles in Andhra history, religion, culture and women in different journals. She has been a member of IHC, SIHC and APHC. She has participated in National Seminars and Conferences and presented papers. She has also been associated with the research project. The Girl Child and Family sponsored by the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Min. of HRD, Govt. of India. She has 9 years teaching experience. The present book is based on her Ph.D. dissertation, “Women in Medieval Andhra (from 11th to 13th Centuries A.D.)”

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Title The Socio-Cultural World of Women in Medieval Andhra
Author A. Padma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186050752
length xxiii+256p., Maps; Charts; Tables; Appendices; Figures; Bibliography; Glossary; Index; Plates; 25cm
Subjects History