Gender, 'Race' and Patriarchy: A Study of South Asian Women, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Gender, 'Race' and Patriarchy

A Study of South Asian Women, 1st Edition

By Kalwant Bhopal


205 pages

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The book offers one of the first detailed studies of South Asian women, it provides new empirical data on the issues apparent in South Asian women's lives by 'giving voice' to a group of women who would otherwise remain silent. It is based upon an ethnographic study of a small South Asian community in an inner city. The book offers a new and compelling account of South Asian women, as well as focussing on the ways in which gender and 'race' interact in women’s lives. The book offers an important theoretical contribution to the area of feminist theory. The concept of patriarchy is contested and reworked and applied to the study of South Asian women and their cultural experiences. In this sense, practices such as arranged marriages, dowries, domestic labour and domestic finance are analyzed as different influences of patriarchy inside the household, as well as education and the labour market as influences of patriarchy outside the household.


’This book is an important theoretical and substantive contribution to current debates on ethnicity and gender…a well integrated, clearly argued and interesting book.’ Ethnic and Racial Studies

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. The Study of Gender and ‘Race’. 3. Gender and Patriarchy. 4. Arranged Marriages. 5. Dowries. 6. Domestic Labour. 7. Domestic Finance. 8. Education, Employment and Marital Status. 9. Conclusions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies