The relationship between men and feminism is frequently assumed to be antagonistic. This volume confronts this assumption by bringing critical attention to men’s engagement in feminist research, pedagogy, and activism in India. The chapters in this collection respond to two broad thematic concerns: theoretical implications of men producing feminist knowledge and the history of men’s participation in feminist endeavours. The volume also explores the undocumented contributions of men to three domains of feminist activity: institutionalization of feminism in the academy, social movements aimed at gender justice, and male writings on gender and sexuality.
Delving into an important yet overlooked aspect of the social sciences, this volume will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of gender studies, masculinity studies, modern Indian history, sociology, and social anthropology.
"Men and Feminism in India represents a timely and necessary intellectual intervention. These essays – written from spaces of deep interdisciplinarity – collectively move the study of gender in India in radically new and refreshing directions." - Davesh Soneji, University of Pennsylvania
"This book, gathering established and fresh voices into careful discussion of Indian menfolk’s engagements with feminist (and queer) spaces, will quickly become an essential reference-point." - Caroline Osella, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Romit Chowdhury and Zaid Al Baset
Part I: Institutions
Zaid Al Baset and Romit Chowdhury
Part II: Movements
Part III: Writings