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Towards Empowering Indian Women: Mapping Specifics of Tasks in Crucial Sectors

H.S. Verma (Editor) Nadeem Hasnain (Editor) R.B.S. Verma (Editor)
Synopsis Tremendous changes have been recorded in the nature and intensity of the problems now being encountered by different segments of women in different socio-economic-cultural locales of the country. A paradigm shift is therefore needed in the approach and methodology empowering them. A vital pre-requisite to do so is to map out the transformed empowerment tasks. However, this is what is lacking in most exercises attempting situation analysis, identification of the areas of intervention, planning and designing programmes, organization structures and processes to deliver the intended services and inputs to produce desired outcomes and impacts. Viewed in this backdrop, this volume is an outstanding departure from the previous studies. This collection of 26 very carefully selected studies is first serious attempt to begin mapping out the specifics of the situation analyses and thereby facilitating diversified solutions calibrated to meet the specific requirements and contextualities of women's empowerment in India. In dealing with the contemporary tasks of women's empowerment, it covers this larger task space under five major sub-themes. These are: masculinity and violence on women; survival, reproduction and protection from Lethal threats; issues in access, choice and substance in education: presence, agency and control of women in traditional economic activities; and space, voice, and turbulence in the newer sectors of economy. This very original and authentic account of changed contexts and transformed tasks of empowerment of Indian women in the twenty first century will certainly interest all those involved with women's issues and particularly those wedded to more effective ways of empowering the Indian women.
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About the authors

H.S. Verma

Harnam Singh Verma (b. 1942) is a senior sociologist who has worked in such prestigious institutions as the NIRD, Hyderabad (1965-1971), CIDCO Ltd., Mumbai (1971-1974), IIM, Ahmedabad (1975-1977), GIDs, Lucknow (1977-1982) and State Plg Com, U.P. (1982-1993). He has also taught full courses at the TISS, Mumbai as a visiting faculty (1971-72, 1972-73). He was the Member-Secretary-Coordinator of the Expert Committee on Creamy Layer and a Member of the Committee for Fixation of the Percentage of Reservations for the OBCs, both appointed by the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1993. he was a Member, State Commission for the Backward Classes, Uttar Pradesh and a Member of the Working Group on Empowerment of the OBCs of the Tenth Five Year Plan. He has authored/co-authored/edited /co-edited nine books, written two dozen monographs, contributed thirty pieces to books edited by others and published 44 research papers in prestigious national and international journals. Social Change in Rural Areas, Industrial Families in India: An enquiry in to nature of their entrepreneurship, Bombay, New Bombay and Metropolitan Region: Growth process and Planning lessons, The OBCs and the ruling classes in India, and The OBCs and the dynamics of social exclusion in India are some of his books that are rated as classics. He has been working on the OBCs for the last 14 years.

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Nadeem Hasnain

Nadeem Hasnain is a professor of social anthropology at University of Lucknow, ucknow (India). He did his Master's and Ph.D. from the same department founded by D.N. Majumdar, one of the doyens of anthropology in India. Currently he is one of the editors of The Eastern Anthropologist and also the founder-editor of a newly launched journal, Islam and Muslim Societies: A Social Science Journal. He is also heading a multi-disciplinary research organization Centre for Social Action and Development devoted to research and advocacy of the disadvantaged sections of Indian society and based at Lucknow. He has published a number of books and papers in reputed journals. His popular books include Tribal India, Indian Anthropology, Indian Society and Culture: Continuity and Change and OBC Communities in the Process of change in India some of which have been translated into several Indian languages. Two of his field based studies Bonded For Ever and Shias and Shia Islam in India: A Study in Society and culture have been widely acclaimed as seminal contributions. An academician-activist, he is also involved with the mass media and writes in popular magazines and newspapers in English, Hindi and Urdu.

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R.B.S. Verma

R.B.S. Verma, Professor and Head Department of Social Work at the University Lucknow, is a very senior teacher, researcher and educational administrator. He is recipient of Indira Gandhi NSS Award from the Government of India. Supervisory Management, Child Labour in India (English), Bharat Mein Karmik Prabhandh Evam Audyogig Sambandh, Audyogig Adhikshan and Samaj Karya Ke Kshetra (Hindi) are the five books earlier published by him. His areas of interest include human resource management, social welfare administration, social change and social research.

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Title Towards Empowering Indian Women: Mapping Specifics of Tasks in Crucial Sectors
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.11.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183871181
length xii+492p.