Appropriating Gender

Women's Activism and Politicized Religion in South Asia

Edited by Patricia Jeffery, Amrita Basu

© 1998 – Routledge

288 pages

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About the Book

Appropriating Gender explores the paradoxical relationship of women to religious politics in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Contrary to the hopes of feminists, many women have responded to religious nationalist appeals; contrary to the hopes of religious nationalists, they have also asserted their gender, class, caste, and religious identities; contrary to the hopes of nation states, they have often challenged state policies and practices. Through a comparative South Asia perspective, Appropriating Gender explores the varied meanings and expressions of gender identity through time, by location, and according to political context.

The first work to focus on women's agency and activism within the South Asian context, Appropriating Gender is an outstanding contribution to the field of gender studies.


"This volume makes a very significant contribution to a growing literature on women, gender, and right wing politics in South Asia." -- Journal of Asian Studies

"Readers interested in the dynamics of religious conversion, will appreciate Huff's discerning analysis." -- Jeffrey Marlett, College of St. Rose Journal of the American Academy of Religion

About the Editors

Patricia Jeffery is a sociologist with a distinguished record in the field of reproduction. Amrita Basu is a political scientist known for her research on fundamentalism in South Asia.

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    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    RELIGION / General