2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Gender in South Asia

Edited By

Leela Fernandes

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ISBN 9780367479657
November 16, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
400 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new edition provides a comprehensive overview of the study of gender in South Asia. The Handbook covers the central contributions that have defined this area and captures innovative and emerging paradigms that are shaping the future of the field. It offers a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives spanning both the humanities and social sciences, focussing on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The revised edition is thoroughly updated and includes new chapters, thus adding new areas of scholarship. The handbook is organised thematically into five major sections:

  • Historical formations and theoretical framings
  • Law citizenship and the nation
  • Representations of culture, place, identity
  • Labor and the economy
  • Inequality, activism and the state

The Handbook illustrates the ways in which scholarship on gender has contributed to a rethinking of theoretical concepts and empirical understandings of contemporary South Asia. Finally, it focuses on new areas of inquiry that have been opened up through a focus on gender and the intersections between gender and categories such as caste, ethnicity, sexuality and religion. This timely survey is essential reading for scholars who research and teach on South Asia as well as for scholars in related interdisciplinary fields that focus on women and gender from comparative and transnational perspectives.

Table of Contents

Part I Historical Formations and Theoretical Framings

1. Gendered Nationalism: From Women to Gender and Back Again?

Mrinalini Sinha 

2. Construction of Gender in the Late nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century in Muslim Bengal: The writings of Nawab

Firdous Azim and Perween Hasan

3. Gender, Women and Partition: Literary Representations, Refugee Women and Partition Studies 

Paulomi Chakraborty 

4. The Contact Zones of Intersectionality: Inequality and Knowledge Production on India

Leela Fernandes

5. Dalit Feminist Thought

Shailaja Paik

6. Brahmanical Ignorance and Dominant Indian Feminism's Origin Stories

Dia D'Costa

Part II Law Citizenship and the Nation

7. Gender and Citizenship in India

Anupama Roy 

8. Gender, Activism and Democratic Politics in Bangladesh 

Elora Shehabuddin 

9. Law, Sex Work and Activism in India

Prabha Kotiswaran 

10. The Supreme Court of India and Maintenance for Muslim Women: Transformatory Jurisprudence 

Vrinda Narain 

11. Female Militancy: Reflections from Sri Lanka 

Sharika Thiranagama 

12. Weaponizing Women: Kashmir and the Indian military Occupation

Ather Zia

Part III Representations of Culture, Place, Identity 

13. The Political Economy of Moral Regulation in Pakistan: Religion, Gender and Class in a Postcolonial Context

Saadia Toor

14. Gender, media and popular culture in a global India 

Maitrayee Chaudhuri 

15. Death and Friendship: Queer Archives of the Space Between 

Naisargi Dave 

16. Women's Place-making in Santosh Nagar: Gendered constellations

Ann Grodzins Gold 

17. Vernacular Frames Queer Encounters

Navaneetha Mokil

Part IV Labor and the Economy 

18. Global Governance Initiatives and Garment Sector Workers in Sri Lanka: Tracing its Gender and Development Politics 

Kanchana Ruwanpura 

19. An Intersection of Marxism and Feminism among India’s Informal Workers: A Second Marriage? 

Rina Agarwala 

20. A Feminist Commodity Chain Analysis of Rural Transformation in Contemporary India 

Priti Ramamurthy 

21. NGOs, State and Neoliberal Development in South Asia: The Paradigmatic Case of Bangladesh in a Global Perspective 

Lamia Karim 

22. Gender and Paid Domestic Work in Sri Lanka

Annemari de Silva

Part V Inequality, Activism and the State 

23. The Aurat March: Women's Movements and New Feminisms in Pakistan

Shama Dossa

24. Feminism, Sexual Violence and the Times of #MeToo in India

Mary John 

25. Dalit Women Between Social and Analytical Alterity: Rethinking the ‘Quintessentially Marginal’ 

Manuela Ciotti 

26. Feminism, Sexuality and the Rhetoric of Westernization in Pakistan: Precarious Citizenship 

Moon Charania 

27. Mapping Women’s Activism in India: Resistances, Reforms and (Re)-Creation

Rukmini Sen

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Leela Fernandes is Director and the Stanley D. Golub Chair of International Studies at The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, USA. She is the author of numerous books and essays. Her books on India include India’s New Middle Class: Democratic Politics in an Era of Economic Reform (2006), Producing Workers: The Politics of Gender, Class and Culture in the Calcutta Jute Mills (1997) and her forthcoming book, Governing Water in India: Urbanization, Inequality and the Liberalizing State (2022).