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Interrogating Women's Education : Bounded Visions, Expanding Horizons

Karuna Chanana (Author)
Synopsis This book consists of nine essays written by the author over a period of two decades. These are ably supported by an introduction which expands on issues and themes either touched upon or present in a nascent from in the essays. They highlight the pattern of inclusion-exclusion, segregation and differentiation of women as students and as participants in the workforce. The book attempts first to focus on the family, socialisation and education, and then on organisational aspects of universities and professional life of women. It situates women in the family and the school as institutions which perpetuate gender inequality. These are also the sites of social reproduction which communicate to girls and boys the binary opposition of femininity and masculinity and the corresponding evaluative component of inferiority and superiority. Thus, the book explores the paradoxes in the lives of women by interrogating the process of formal education. On the one hand, new opportunities in education and career are expanding the options of women, whereas on the other, most women do not make choices on the basis of their intellectual capacities and aspirations. Thought provoking, critical and analytical, this anthology will be invaluable to scholars, policymakers, planners and activists. All those involved with women’s issues in the departments of sociology, education and women’s studies will also greatly benefit from it.
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About the author

Karuna Chanana

Dr. Karuna Chanana was formerly Professor of Sociology of Education at the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been Senior Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research and Fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi. She was the first recipient of the Women and Development Award of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, New Delhi. Currently, she is a member of the Regional Scientific Committee for Asia and the Pacific, UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge, UNESCO, Paris. She has written two papers on the gendered impact of globalisation on higher education in India, which have been accepted for publication by UNESCO. She has been researching on gender related issues for the past three decades. She has published several articles in national and international research journals. A notable book edited by her is "Socialisation, Education and Women: Explorations in Gender Identity," Orient Longman. She has authored the book, "Interrogating Women's Education: Bounded Visions, Expanding Horizons," Rawat Publications, Jaipur. Her most recently edited book is "Transformative Links between Higher and Basic Education," Sage Publications.

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Bibliographic information

Title Interrogating Women's Education : Bounded Visions, Expanding Horizons
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st. Ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 817033697X
length 382p., Tables.