Women in India [2 volumes]: A Social and Cultural History

Women in India [2 volumes]: A Social and Cultural History

By: Sita Anantha Raman (author)Hardback

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Are Indian women powerful mother goddesses, or domestic handmaidens trailing behind men in literacy, wages, opportunities, and rights? Have they been agents of their own destinies, or voiceless victims of patriarchy? Behind these colorful over-simplifications lies the reality of many feminine personas belonging to various classes, ethnicities, religions, and castes. This two-volume set looks at Indian history from ancient to modern times, revealing precisely why ideas of gender rights were not static across eras or regions. Raman's work is a reflection on the various ways in which women in a non-Western culture have developed and expressed their own feminist agenda. Are Indian women powerful mother goddesses, or domestic handmaidens trailing behind men in literacy, wages, opportunities, and rights? Have they been agents of their own destinies, or voiceless victims of patriarchy? Behind these coloful over-simplifications lies the reality of many feminine personas belonging to various classes, ethnicities, religions, and castes. This two-volume set looks at Indian history from ancient to modern times, revealing precisely why ideas of gender rights were not static across eras or regions. Raman's work is a reflection on the various ways in which women in a non-western culture have developed and expressed their own feminist agenda. Individual chapters highlight the enduring legacies of many important male and female figures, illustrating how each played a key role in modifying the substance of women's lives. Political movements are examined as well, such as the nationalist reform movement of 1947 in which the ideal of Indian womanhood became central to the nation and the push for independence. Also included is a survey of women in contemporary India and the role they played in the resurgence of militant Hindu nationalism. Aside from being an engaging and readable narrative of Indian history, this set integrates women's issues, roles, and achievements into the general study of the times, providing a clear presentation of the social, cultural, religious, political, and economic realities that have helped shape the identity of Indian women.

About Author

SITA ANANTHA RAMAN is Associate Professor Emerita, History, Santa Clara University, California; Member of the Board of Directors, Pacific Coast Immigration Museum; and History Adjunct, University of Georgia, Athens. She is the author of Getting Girls to School: Social Reform in the Tamil Districts, 1870-1930 (1996) and A. Madhaviah: A Biography and a Novella (2004).

Contents

Volume 1 - Early India Preface List of Abbreviations Map of India - Physical Introduction 1. Region, environment, gender 2. Vedic goddesses and women 3. Mothers and wives in the smriti texts 4. Buddhist and Jaina nuns and laywomen 5. Women in classical art and literature 6. The divine feminine: Devis, yoginis, Taras 7. Queens, saints, courtesans Bibliography Volume 2 Later India 8. Muslim women in pre-modern India 9. Women in the colonial era 10. Male reformers and womens rights 11. Feminists and nationalists 12. Conclusion: Women in India today Map of India - Political Bibliography

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780275982423
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 468
  • ID: 9780275982423
  • ISBN10: 0275982424

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