Sociology of Gender: The Challenge of Feminist Sociological Knowledge

Item Code: IDE621
Author: Ed. Sharmila Rege
Publisher: Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 0761997059
Pages: 465
Cover: Paperback
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Book Description
From the Jacket:

Rigorous feminist critique of sociological theories and paradigms has, in recent years, raised new questions, broadened the frontiers of sociological knowledge and established gender as a conceptual category. Simultaneously, new developments within feminist scholarship have given rise to fresh explorations, which have strengthened and expanded the boundaries of feminist knowledge.

Exploring these twin developments, this invaluable reader maps the contributions made by feminist scholars towards engendering mainstream sociological discourse in India. It covers a broad range of issues relating to the lifespan of women in different social institutions such as the family, school and the workplace.

The 14 articles are grouped in two parts. The first part is devoted to conceptual issues in feminism, anthropology and sociology and themes in feminist social theories. The second part is divided into four sections which cover diverse issues in the areas of work, family, kinship, caste, education and the state. Among the themes discussed are:

  • Matriliny, migration and women's economic status.
  • Female participation in farm work and in suburban production work.
  • Gender issues in the education of young girls and in the reproduction of social inequality in schooling.
  • Gender in the making of the Indian nation-state and in caste discrimination.
Located at the intersection of sociology and feminist studies and bringing together articles which reflect the different intellectual streams that comprise feminist sociological knowledge in India, this timely volume will serve as a text for courses on sociology and women's studies.

About the Author:

Sharmila Rege teaches at the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre, University of Pune.


List of Tablesix
Series Notexi
Foreword By Karuna Chananaxiii
Introduction: Feminist Challenge to Sociology: Disenchanting Sociology or 'For Sociology'?
Sharmila Rege
Part I Conceptual Issues in Feminism, Anthropology and Sociology51
1.Feminist Social Theories: Theme and Variations
Beatrice Kachuck
2.Problems with Patriarchy: Conceptual Issues in Anthropology and Feminism
Patricia Uberoi
Part II Gender and Social Institutions

Section A: Family, Marriage and Kinship

3.Single - and Dual - Earner Couples:
Economic Status and Marital Power
G.N. Ramu
4.Who Gains from Matriliny? Men, Women and
Change on a Lakshadweep Island
Leela Dube
5.Gender and the Khasi Family Structure: The Meghalaya
Succession to Self-Acquired Property Act, 1984
Tiplut Nangbri
6.The Impact of Egyptian Male Migration on
Urban Families: 'Feminization of the Egyptian Family'
or a Reaffirmation of Traditional Gender Roles
Homa Hoodfar
Section B: Work
7.Women and Development: A Profile of
Active Agricultural Producers
Raj Mohini Sethi
8.Female Participation in Farm Work in Central Kerala
C.V. Kala
9.Joiners and Non-Joiners: A City Suburb and its Women's Club
Pat Caplan
Section C: Education
10.Female Sexuality and Education of Hindu Girls in India
Karuna Chanana
11.Unequal Schooling and Reproduction of Social Inequality in India
Padma Velaskar
Section D: State
12.Gender in the Making of the Indian National State
Maitrayee Chaudhuri
13.Bodies of evidence, Bodies of Rule: The Ilbert Bill,
Revivalism and Age of Consent in Colonial India
Judith Whitehead
14.Dalit Struggle, Nude Worship and
the 'Chandragutti Incident'
Linda J. Epp
Related Readings in the Sociological Bulletin428
About the Editor430
About the Contributors431

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