Womanhood In The Making: Domestic Ritual And Public Culture In Urban South India, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Womanhood In The Making

Domestic Ritual And Public Culture In Urban South India, 1st Edition

By Mary Hancock


304 pages

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Womanhood in the Making is an ethnographic study of Brahman women's ritual practice that focuses on relations between religious practice, class and caste inequalities, and nationalist discourses. Using analyses of both domestic ritual and women's personal narratives, the author investigates the spaces of female agency that ritual practice affords,

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Acknowledgments, Guide to Pronunciation, Credits, Part 1 Introduction, Prologue: Making and Unmaking the "Great Tradition", Tradition, Modernity, and Their Gendered Places, Domestic Ritual and Its Practice, Feminisms, The Public Culture of Domestic Rituat, About the Book, Part 2 Elite Cultures and Hybrid Modernities, Brokering Culture for the Nation Caste, Culture, and Modernity, Smārta Brahmans in Chennai: Historical Roots of Contemporary "Middleness,", Elite Identity and Postcolonial Cultural Politics, Smārtas As Cultural Brokers, Conclusion, The Moral Etiquette of Everyday Hinduism, Everyday Hinduism, The Domestic Interior, Conclusion: Cultural Logics of Consumption, Part 3 The World in the Home, The Ritualization of Womanhood Ritual Time, The Life Course Imagined, Negotiating Normativity, Temporality and Womanhood, Conclusion: Womanhood's Contradictions, The Uncertain Subject(s) of Womanhood, The Goddess and Her Servants, Improvised Lives, Part 4 The Home in the World, Hinduism and the Spaces of Modernity Hindu Temples and the "Public Sphere," Temples As Contested Public Spaces, Religion and Urban Life, Urban Places and Female Spaces Parvati, Rajalakshmi, Conclusion, Hindu Culture for an Indian Nation Hindutva Goes South, Consenting to What?, Jan Kalyān As a Discourse of Hindu Nationalism, Bringing the Nation Home, Tradition Revisited Navarāttiri in a New Key, The Contest, Ethnographies and Feminisms, Glossary, References, Index

About the Author

Mary Hancock is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies