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Gender, Space and Agency in India
Exploring Regional Genderscapes

Edited By

Anindita Datta

ISBN 9780367820800
Published September 1, 2020 by Routledge India
178 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume explores the links between gender, space and agency in India. It offers fresh perspectives and frameworks within which these links can be analyzed across diverse geographical contexts in India. 

The chapters in this volume are based on field studies which showcase how agency is gendered. The volume examines how gender and agency are fashioned by a multitude of everyday contexts, socio-economic processes, policy interventions and geographic phenomenon and manifest in diffusion of education, decentralization of politics, rising social inequalities, poverty, green revolution, mechanization of agriculture and even drought.  

This book will be of interest to researchers, teachers and practitioners of human geography, social and cultural geography, and those interested in geographies of gender. It will also be helpful for policy makers interested in the issues of gender and development in India.

Table of Contents

1. Gender, Space and Agency in India: Exploring Regional Genderscapes

Anindita Datta


2. Pierre Bourdieu’s Symbolic Violence: Scripting Gender among Assamese Middle-Class Women in Higher Education

Rituparna Bhattacharyya


3. The Power of Social Spaces in Enabling Girls’ Education in India: Perspectives from Indian Origin Students in the US

Patricia M. Kewer And Martha E. Geores


4. Interrogating Gender, Property Rights and Witch-Hunting in Jharkhand, India

Bashabi Gupta


5. Gender and Agency in Decentralized Political Spaces in Rural West Bengal

Barnali Biswas


6. Mahila Panchayats of Delhi: Scripting Agency within Low Income Urban Neighbourhoods

Swagata Basu


7.“It is Better to Die than to Live Like This”: Widowhood, Economic Denial and Violence in     Rural Punjab

Kanchan Gandhi


8.‘This is Our Area and That is Theirs’: Scripting The Spatiality of Migrant Masculinity in   Goa, India

Ajay Bailey


9. Watercentric Roles and Women’s Spaces: Narratives from Drought-Prone Villages of Gujarat

Nairwita Bandyopadhyay and Ashis Kumar Saha


10. Numbers, Bodies, Love, and Babies: Gender and Territory in Ladakh

Sara Smith


11. Reinterpreting Resistance and Agency: Excavating Feminist Counterspaces within Indigenous Feminisms

Anindita Datta

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Anindita Datta is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she has published consistently in international peer-reviewed journals with interdisciplinary perspectives; served as a member on the international editorial boards for Gender, Place and Culture and Social and Cultural Geography; and is also a member of the Steering Committee, International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Gender and Geography. Her research interests are in the areas of feminist geography, conceptual traditions in geography and the social geography of India. She is particularly interested in indigenous feminisms, everyday geographies, geographies of care, spaces of resistance, and in issues of gendered and epistemic violence.