Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens

Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens
Uma Chakravarti
Series Editor Maithreyi Krishnaraj
demy octavo pb Sept 2003 rpt 2006 ISBN 81 85604 54 1 Rs 250

Examining the crucial linkages between caste and gender, undertaken, perhaps for the first time, Uma Chakravarti unmasks the mystique of consensus in the workings of the caste system to reveal the underlying violence and coercion that perpetuate a severely hierarchical and unequal society. The subordination of women and the control of female sexuality are crucial to the maintenance of the caste system, creating what feminist scholars have termed ‘brahmanical patriarchy’. She discusses the range of patriarchal practices within the larger framework of sexuality, labour and access to material resources, and also focuses on the centrality of endogamous marriages that maintain the system. Erudite yet accessible, this book enables the reader to understand the interface of gender and caste and to participate in its critical analysis.

A distinguished feminst historian, Uma Chakravarti taught history at Miranda House from 1996-98.She has long been associated with the woman's movement and the democratic rights movement. Maithreyi Krishnaraj is a pioneering scholar in gender studies and was formerly professor and director, Research Centre for Women's Studies, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai. 

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