Women in Early Indian Societies

Author:

B.D. Chattopadhyaya

,

Kumkum Roy

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2002
ISBN-13

9788173043826

ISBN-10 8173043825
Binding

Paperback

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 21x14x2
Weight (grms) 450

This is an anthology of excerpts from the works of authors who have shaped or understanding of gender relations in India. Also included are papers which provide fresh insights or explore alternative paradigms and possibilities. The first section focuses on the diverse issues and perspectives in womens history so as to give the reader an overview of the implicit and explicit debates and methodological strategies and problems. Section II highlights some aspects of the material context and content of gender relations, especially in terms of property, labour, and the impact of processes such as urbanization. Section III provides some samples of the socio-sexual definitions of womanhood through investigations in polyandry and prostitution, and also draws attention to the possibility of regional variations. The last section, on religious traditions, includes analyses of the goddess cult, womens patronage of religious institutions, and early Bhakti movements. The volume contains an editorial introduction which contextualizes the anthology, and a detailed bibliography.

B.D. Chattopadhyaya

B.D. Chattopadhyaya retired as Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Kumkum Roy

Kumkum Roy is currently Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, new Delhi. Her Publications include The Emergence of Monarchy in North India (1994) and research papers. Her special areas of interest are early political institutions and gender relations.
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