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South Asian Masculinities: Context of Change, Sites of Continuity

Filippo Osella (Editor) Radhika Chopra (Editor) Caroline Osella (Author)
Synopsis What it means to be a man-in word, flesh, deed and affect-in the various arenas of social life in South Asian societies is the thread that runs through the essays in this volume, the first of its kind on masculinity. These essays deal with different planes of experience, and various modes of expression: popular films, national history, ethnography and literature are examined within a range of methdological and theoretical orientations. Regional differences as well as similarities between the societies of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are carefully observed and insightfully analysed. Representations of masculinity and its performance in the relationships of men with women, and other men, are analysed with a view to understanding the engagement of the particular with the national or the iconic. This volume brings together theoretical elaborations of concepts such as hegemony in gender relations, as well as a wealth of ethnographic material that will act as a stimulus to further research and discussion. A unique and significant contribution to gender studies in South Asia.
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About the author

Radhika Chopra

Radhika Chopra is Reader, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi. Her research focus is on gender and masculinity. She was co-chair of the UN Expert Group which prepared the document ‘Role of Men and Boys in Achieving gender Equality’, adopted at the Commission for the Status of Women in March 2004. Her previous publications include From Violence to Supportive Practice: Family, Gender and Masculinities in India (edited, 2002), and South Asian Masculinities: Context of Change, Sites of Continuity (co-edited with Caroline Osella and Filippo Osella, 2004).

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Bibliographic information

Title South Asian Masculinities: Context of Change, Sites of Continuity
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Women Unlimited
Language: English
isbn 8186706755
length x+419p., 23cm.