Culture, Power and Agency: Gender in Indian Ethnography
Edited by Lina Fruzzetti and Sirpa Tenhunen
demy octavo hb 231pp ISBN 81-85604-81-9 Rs 280 Jan 2006
Examining the notions and meanings of gender, power and agency, this book bridges theoretical discussion with empirical studies on agency and power. The rich variety of empirical studies on subversive activities have been inadequately theorized and conceptualised. The contributors ask: Does agency empower women? Do cultural, gender-based alternatives, openly or secretly, assist women in search of the freedom to voice themselves? At what costs are women prepared to extend their newly acquired agency? Critically examining the relationship between agency and symbolic structures, the book presents the growing reality confronting Indian women.
Lina Fruzzetti is professor, Department of Anthropology, Brown University. Sirpa Tenhunen is research fellow, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki; she has also written Means of Awakening: Gender, Politics and Practice in Rural India (Stree, 2008).
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