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Playing for Real: Hindu Role Models, Religion, and Gender

Playing for Real: Hindu Role Models, Religion, and Gender
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Item Code: IDE210
Author: Ed. By. Jacqueline Suthren Hirst & Lynn Thomas
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 0195667220
Pages: 202
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
From the Jacket:

Each society has a corpus of images and models to which individuals aspire. These role models explicitly and implicitly shape people's understanding of their own roles, identities, relationships, and have a powerful and continuing influence on them. This book investigates the ways in which these influential figures and types, mythological and contemporary, have functioned and continue to function as role models in matters of gender, authority, and power in a variety of Hindu contexts.

The contributors analyse the ways in which today's social agendas are related to the past in order to shape the future. Sharing a broadly 'social constructionist' approach, each essay looks at a unique aspect of the way in which figures promoted as role models contribute to particular regimes of representation and influence conduct with real, practical effects.

Focusing on circumstances in which these patterning images are transmitted such as in the classrooms of modern India, or in texts influenced by changing political situations, the essays also examine the role models through popular television programmes, or in domestic or public rituals. They further examine who has the power and the means to constitute role models for whom.

This volume offers a timely reminder of the diversity, richnes and continual reconstruction of Hindu traditions as they 'play for real' and is also a useful study in the construction and operation of role models in general.

This book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of sociology, social anthropology, ethnic and religious studies, as also the lay reader.

About the Author:

Jacqueline Suthren Hirst is Lecturer in South Asian Studies at the University of Manchester. Lynn Thomas is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Surrey Roehampton.


Note on Contributorsix
Introduction: Playing for Real1
'Hindu' Role Models, Religion and Gender
    Jacqueline Suthren Hirst and Lynn Thomas
1. Role, Role Model, and Function
The Sanskrit Epic Warrior in Comparison Theory
    Alf Hiltebeitel

2. Digits from the Dada
Pointers to the Articulation of Sainik Role Models in Mumbai
    Raminder Kaur

3. Childhood and Schooling in an Indian Village
    Padma Sarangapani

4. Confrontation, Transgression, and Submission
Ideals of Womanhood in the Manasamangala
    Mandakrata Bose

5. Is Love Still Stronger than Dharma?
Whatever Happened to Sita's Choice and the gopis Voice?
    Heidi Pauwels

6. Pregnancy Rituals amongst the Rajput Elite in Contemporary Rajasthan
Anthropology and the World of Women
    Marzia Balzani

7. Subverting the Fierce Goddess
Phoolan Devi and the Politics of Vengeance
    Sarah Coldwell


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