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Empowerment of Women Through Panchayati Raj Institution: A Study

S. Narayan (Author) Geeta Singh (Author)
Synopsis The provision of not less than one-third seats for women in PRIs through Seventy Third Constitutional Amendment has paved way for empowerment of women. The finding in this publication is based on primary data and provides a fresh framework to understand the process of empowerment of women. This book argues that three factors influence empowerment of women representatives in PRIs. These are patriarchy and cultural expectations, empowering policy environment (such as mandated representation of women in PRIs) and gender relationship in the private domain. The study illustrates that provision of mandated representation of female in PRIs provides an opportunity to a woman, to translate her 'passive' reflection and observation on her environment into 'active' agenda or demand. This book describes the unique duality of women agency where resistance and collusion goes together. The overt manifestation of women agency in the public domain is connected to the covert women agency at work in the private domain. Finally, based on the research finding an attempt is made to derive some policy suggestions. The findings of this research are of direct relevance for academicians, researchers, policy makers and NGOs who are working in the area of women's empowerment and local governance.
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About the author

S. Narayan

Dr. Sachindra Narayan is a senior faculty member in Social Anthropology and Sociology at A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna. A topper of B.A. Hons. In Anthropology and an M.A. from the University of Ranchi, he was chief of the SITE programme in Bihar State and received Distinguished Service Award of the Department of Space, Government of India. At present he is the Project Director of Planned Development among Sauria Paharia. He had written about one hundred and fifty articles in national and international academic journals. His books include Sacred Complexes in Deoghar and Rajgir, The Dwindling Hill Tribe, Dimensions of Tribal Development in Bihar and Buddhism at Bodh-Gaya. He is also Co-Reseaerch Supervisor on Buddhism of Harvard University, U.S.A.

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Bibliographic information

Title Empowerment of Women Through Panchayati Raj Institution: A Study
Format Softcover
Date published: 22.08.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Towards Freedom
Language: English
isbn 818206015X
length vi+74p., Figures; Tables.