Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens
Author: Uma Chakravarti
Edited by Maithreyi Krishnaraj
9789381345443 | PB | pp. 224 | 2018 | SAGE, Stree
In Gendering Caste the author discusses new ways in which caste violence targets women and on the changes within the family that still keep women subservient to caste norms.
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The continuous demand for this book since first published in 2003 has led to this revised edition which analyses the recent socio-economic and political changes that have taken place. Caste-based marriage and control over women’s sexuality have been crucial for the continuation of the caste system in India. Thus, caste and gender are linked. Brutal reprisals have followed when dalits and women have tried to challenge caste-based marriage and inequality which allots strict rules of conduct for women and all dalits.
Maithreyi Krishnaraj, the Series Editor, highlights the author’s discussion on the new ways in which caste violence targets women and on the changes within the family—immediate and extended—that still keep women subservient to caste norms. She points to the new discussion on an economy in transition to capitalism, and persistent conflicts over religion, language, ethnicity and other differences that relate to gender.
The book also includes a new ‘Afterword: Caste and Gender in the New Millennium’, which provides an updated discussion on the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 (known in short as Prevention of Atrocities Act: POA). Erudite, yet accessible, this book enables the reader to understand the ramifications of caste today.
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