Women As Subjects: South Asian Histories

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University Press of Virginia, 1994 - Political Science - 239 pages

Women as Subjects affords a rare opportunity to consider the changing identity and status of women in India today- how they view themselves and how they are viewed- through the current work of seven scholars- anthropologists, historians, and sociologists from India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

These essays combined with Nita Kumar's substantial theoretical introduction, illustrate the overall problem of women's subjectivity extraordinarily well and serve to question, modify, and adapt Western-based feminist theory and Eurocentric postmodern theory, building a bridge both to non-South Asian feminist work and to nonfeminist South Asian work.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Womens Speech Genres Kinship and Contradiction
49
SelfConstruction
81
Education and
125
Gender and Politics in Garhwal
172
Oranges for the Girls or the HalfKnown Story of the
211
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About the author (1994)

Nita Kumar is a fellow in History at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta. With a doctorate from the University of Chicago, she previously taught at Brown University. Her books include The Artisans of Banaras and Informants, Brothers, and Friends.

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