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Unfolding Feminism in India
Women, Power and Politics

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ISBN 9781032156378
March 13, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
220 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines various gender-based power politics in the Indian society. It studies gender intersectionality and feminism as a socio-political philosophy by understanding how power structures deeply rooted in and are supported by our patriarchal societies. 

A comprehensive and interdisciplinary study on women's issues in India, the volume,

– Adopts an intersectional feminist lens to critically analyse identity formation, gender socialization, gender stereotyping and discrimination;

– Discusses various interdisciplinary perspectives of feminism, including liberal and post-modern feminism, eco-feminism, and Dalit feminism.

– Examines the concept and origin of patriarchy, alongside theories on masculinity while focusing heterogeneous male members and the hegemonic masculinity;

– Investigates issues related to violence against gender and adequate implementation of law and rehabilitation policies in India;

– Sheds light on women’s labor and participation in the organized, service and unorganized sectors of work within India.

This book will be of interest and use to students, teachers, scholars of women’s and gender studies, intersectional feminism, sexuality studies, identity politics, political sociology at both undergraduate and post graduate levels.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Sex and Gender 2. Patriarchy 3. Unfolding Feminism within the contours of Masculinity, Transgender, LGBTQ, and Queer Politics 4. Feminism and Perspectives of Feminism 5. Structures of Gender Inequality and Violence against Women 6. Women and Work 7. The Sex Worker in India and the Debates around, Work, Sexuality and Law 8. Women’s Movement in India

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Skylab Sahu is an Assistant Professor in Miranda House at University of Delhi and currently a Barbro Klein fellow in the University of Uppsala, Sweden.  She has completed her Ph.D. from Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. Her specialization and areas of interest covers gender studies, Indian politics, political theory, and political philosophy. She has published her research in edited books and several national and international refereed journals such as Studies in Indian Politics, Sociological Bulletin, Indian Journal of Social and Economic Development, Journal of Health Management, Indian Journal of Political Science, Indian Journal of Social Work, etc. She has authored two books: Gender, Sexuality, and HIV/AIDS: Exploring Politics of Women's Health in India, published in 2015 by Sage; Gender, Violence and Governmentality: Legal and Policy Initiatives published in 2020 by Routledge.


"The Book, "Unfolding Feminism in India"  brings together a wide range of concepts, ideas and theories related to different genres of feminism, patriarchy, and the evolving meaning of gender, in the current context.  An important contribution is the first chapter which contextualizes the discussion of feminism, women's meovements and gender agency in the framework of theories of power. The book will be extremely valuable reference to this important subject,for students, teachers and others interested in feminist studies."


Prof. Supriya Roy Chodhury, Visiting Professor NIAS Bangalore. 

"The book introduces the feminists thinking through a shifting gender lens. In this persuasively argued analyses of feminism, and the underlying concept of patriarchy the author’s arguments are incisive and engaging. The volume is different from the usual feminist studies and commits to a powerful analyses of feminism in India.  More important the study has been planned as an exercise against exclusion as it brings in a broader concept of feminism in relation to masculanities and an integral view of gendered inter-sectionalities."

Prof. Asha Hans, Ex Prof of Political Science and Founder Director Women's Studies Utkal University, Member Board UN Women's Peace Humanitarian Fund