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Siva And Her Sisters

Gender, Caste, And Class In Rural South India, 1st Edition

By Karin Kapadia


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This book examines two subordinated groups??untouchables? and women?in a village in Tamilnadu, South India. The lives and work of ?untouchable? women in this village provide a unique analytical focus that clarifies the ways in which three axes of identity?gender, caste, and class?are constructed in South India. Karin Kapadia argues that subordinate

Table of Contents

Part One: The Politics of Cultural Contestation, 1 Introduction: The "Untouchable" Rejection of Hegemony and False Consciousness, 2 "Kinship Burns!" Kinship Discourses and Gender, 3 Marrying Money: Changing Preference and Practice in Tamil Marriage, 4 Blood Across the Stars: Astrology and the Construction of Gender, 5 The Vulnerability of Power: Puberty Rituals, 6 Dancing the Goddess: Possession, Caste, and Gender, Part Two: The Politics of Everyday life, 7 "Beware, It Sticks!" Discourses of Gender and Caste, Part Three: Gender and Production Politics, 8 Pauperizing the Rural Poor: Landlessness in Aruloor, 9 Every Blade of Green: Landless Women Laborers, Production, and Reproduction, 10 Discipline and Control: Labor Contracts and Rural Female Labor, 11 Mutuality and Competition: Women Landless Laborers and Wage Rates, 12 In God's Eyes: Gender, Caste, and Class in Aruloor

About the Author

KARIN KAPADIA is on the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies