Feminism in India

المؤلف: 
Maitrayee Chaudhuri
سنة النشر: 
2005
دار النشر: 
Zed Books, Limited
عدد الصفحات: 
416
اللغة: 
الإنكليزية
الأجزاء: 
1
ISBN: 
9781842776025

Indian feminism has a rich history. Indian scholars and activists debate feminism in this collection in the context of Indian culture, society and politics. They explore its theoretical foundations in India, and discuss its association with western feminism, the status of women in colonial and independent India, and the challenges to Indian feminism posed by globalization and the Hindu Right. Bridging the divides between academic and activist, personal and political, and local and global, they show how the feminist movement is part of a larger project of consolidating the liberal values of secularism and democracy. It deepens understanding of why, despite their legal and constitutional rights, women are subject to oppressive practices like dowry. Ultimately, the feminist voice connects to the voices of all disadvantaged and discriminated groups engaged in the 'battle for the recognition of difference'.

Why is 'feminist' a label that some liberal, emancipated women still recoil from? Why is feminism often associated with aggressive women who disrupt social norms and harmonious families?This book brings together the writing of prominent Indian academics and activists as they debate the issue in the context of Indian culture, society and politics, and explores the theoretical foundations of feminism in India. The inevitability of the association with western feminism, the status of women in colonial and independent India, and the more recent challenges to Indian feminism posed by the tide of globalization and the upsurge of the Hindu Right in Indian politics are discussed at length. Bridging the academic/activist, personal/political and local/global divides, this collection of feminist writing shows how the movement is part of a larger project of consolidating the liberal values of secularism and democracy. It deepens our understanding of why, despite the existence of legal and constitutional rights to prevent discrimination, women are subject to oppressive practices like dowry. Ultimately, the feminist voice merges with the voices of all disadvantaged and discriminated groups engaged in the 'battle for the recognition of difference'. This collection is an invaluable overview of the rich history of Indian feminism