Sociology of Gender: The Challenge of Feminist Sociological Knowledge

Sociology of Gender: The Challenge of Feminist Sociological Knowledge

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Item Code: IDE621
Author: Ed. Sharmila Rege
Publisher: Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 0761997059
Pages: 465
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
From the Jacket:

Rigorous feminist critique of sociological theories and paradigms has, in recent years, raised new questions, broadened the frontiers of sociological knowledge and established gender as a conceptual category. Simultaneously, new developments within feminist scholarship have given rise to fresh explorations, which have strengthened and expanded the boundaries of feminist knowledge.

Exploring these twin developments, this invaluable reader maps the contributions made by feminist scholars towards engendering mainstream sociological discourse in India. It covers a broad range of issues relating to the lifespan of women in different social institutions such as the family, school and the workplace.

The 14 articles are grouped in two parts. The first part is devoted to conceptual issues in feminism, anthropology and sociology and themes in feminist social theories. The second part is divided into four sections which cover diverse issues in the areas of work, family, kinship, caste, education and the state. Among the themes discussed are:

  • Matriliny, migration and women's economic status.
  • Female participation in farm work and in suburban production work.
  • Gender issues in the education of young girls and in the reproduction of social inequality in schooling.
  • Gender in the making of the Indian nation-state and in caste discrimination.
Located at the intersection of sociology and feminist studies and bringing together articles which reflect the different intellectual streams that comprise feminist sociological knowledge in India, this timely volume will serve as a text for courses on sociology and women's studies.

About the Author:

Sharmila Rege teaches at the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre, University of Pune.

CONTENTS

List of Tablesix
Series Notexi
Foreword By Karuna Chananaxiii
Acknowledgementsxvii
Introduction: Feminist Challenge to Sociology: Disenchanting Sociology or 'For Sociology'?
Sharmila Rege
1
Part I Conceptual Issues in Feminism, Anthropology and Sociology51
1.Feminist Social Theories: Theme and Variations
Beatrice Kachuck
53
2.Problems with Patriarchy: Conceptual Issues in Anthropology and Feminism
Patricia Uberoi
88
Part II Gender and Social Institutions

Section A: Family, Marriage and Kinship

127
3.Single - and Dual - Earner Couples:
Economic Status and Marital Power
G.N. Ramu
129
4.Who Gains from Matriliny? Men, Women and
Change on a Lakshadweep Island
Leela Dube
153
5.Gender and the Khasi Family Structure: The Meghalaya
Succession to Self-Acquired Property Act, 1984
Tiplut Nangbri
182
6.The Impact of Egyptian Male Migration on
Urban Families: 'Feminization of the Egyptian Family'
or a Reaffirmation of Traditional Gender Roles
Homa Hoodfar
195
Section B: Work
7.Women and Development: A Profile of
Active Agricultural Producers
Raj Mohini Sethi
226
8.Female Participation in Farm Work in Central Kerala
C.V. Kala
245
9.Joiners and Non-Joiners: A City Suburb and its Women's Club
Pat Caplan
270
Section C: Education
10.Female Sexuality and Education of Hindu Girls in India
Karuna Chanana
287
11.Unequal Schooling and Reproduction of Social Inequality in India
Padma Velaskar
318
Section D: State
12.Gender in the Making of the Indian National State
Maitrayee Chaudhuri
341
13.Bodies of evidence, Bodies of Rule: The Ilbert Bill,
Revivalism and Age of Consent in Colonial India
Judith Whitehead
367
14.Dalit Struggle, Nude Worship and
the 'Chandragutti Incident'
Linda J. Epp
395
Related Readings in the Sociological Bulletin428
About the Editor430
About the Contributors431
Index432

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