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Women, Gender and History in India

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ISBN 9781138301610
June 27, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Women, Gender and History in India examines Indian history through a thematic lens of women and gender across different contexts.

Through an inter-disciplinary approach, Nita Kumar uses sources from literature, folklore, religion, and art to discuss historical and anthropological ways of interpreting the issues surrounding women and gender in history. As part of the scholarly movement away from a Grand Narrative of South Asian history and culture, this volume places emphasis on the diversity of women and their experiences. It does this by including analyses of many different primary sources together with discussion around a wide variety of theoretical and methodological debates – from the mixed role of colonial law and education, to the conundrum of a patriarchy that worships the Goddess while it strives to keep women in subservience.

This textbook is essential reading for those studying Indian history and women and gender studies.

Table of Contents

1. Gender in South Asia 2. Ancient India 3. Buddhism & the Emergence of Hinduism—the Mauryan and Gupta Periods 4. The Sultanate and Mughal Dynasties 5. The Colonial Period: Changes in Work Roles 6. The Colonial Period: Changes in Socialisation and Education 7. The Colonial Period into the Present Marriage, Widowhood, Reform 8. Nationalism and Partition 9. Gender, Women, and Hinduism 10. Gender, Women, and Islam 11. Sexuality, the Arts and the Media

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Nita Kumar is Professor Emerita, Claremont McKenna College, California, and Honorary Director, NIRMAN, Varanasi. Her research includes the history and anthropology of education, children, women, artisans, and Banaras. Her publications include The Artisans of Banaras (1988), Friends, Brothers, and Informants (1992), and Lessons from Schools (2000).