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Gender and Political Economy: Explorations of South Asian Systems

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In the last decade, international feminist scholarship has undergone a paradigm shift as the women's movement has adopted a more militant and radically analytic stance in Third World societies, in none more so than those of South Asia. As women from many walks of life now consciously struggle with the inequitable burdens they bear in relation to their livelihood and their political voice, these burdens are increasingly understood as being imposed on them by systems that support their subordination, both to men as...
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Overview

In the last decade, international feminist scholarship has undergone a paradigm shift as the women's movement has adopted a more militant and radically analytic stance in Third World societies, in none more so than those of South Asia. As women from many walks of life now consciously struggle with the inequitable burdens they bear in relation to their livelihood and their political voice, these burdens are increasingly understood as being imposed on them by systems that support their subordination, both to men as well as in a larger sense. Growing out of this understanding, a vigorous literature has developed on gender from a political-economic perspective. This literature represents a global attempt to understand the social transformations of gender which flow out of such world processes as the penetration of colonialism, the development of market economies, and the historical coalescence of a world economic system. This volume contributes to these global discussions from within a framework which focuses on the region of South Asia, with its own particularities, traditions and historical roots. The essays here tie together conditions for women in urban and rural sectors as well as the several subregional economies, with the intensifying pressure of the world system as it has evolved over the last century. The increasing politicization of women at the most market-penetrated margins of the region contrasts with the deepening obfuscation of their interests. This volume is intended to form a bridge between those engaged in gender studies on a world scale, and those engaged in studies of South Asian societies and cultures.

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"This volume...makes a significant contribution to the literature on the costs of development."--Contemporary Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195634617
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/16/1995
  • Series: Oxford India Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: Contributed articles
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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University of California, Berkeley
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction 1
1 Relations of Production/Reproduction
2 Engendering Reproduction: The Political Economy of Reproductive Activities in a Rajasthan Village 24
3 A Woman Belongs to Her Husband: Female Autonomy, Women's Work and Childbearing in Bijnor 66
4 Analysing the Reproduction of Human Beings and Social Formations, with Indian Regional Examples over the Last Century 115
II Class, Gender, and the Intensification of Economic Forces
5 Social Classes and Gender in India: The Structure of Differences in the Condition of Women 146
6 Patriarchy and the Process of Agricultural Intensification in South India 179
7 Contradictions of Gender Inequality: Urban Class Formation in Contemporary Bangladesh 215
III Gender In-Itself and For-Itself: Issues of Solidarity and Political Action
8 Women in Development and Politics: The Changing Situation in Sri Lanka 246
9 Organizations and Informal Sector Women Workers in Bombay 273
10 Development from Within: Forms of Resistance to Development Processes Among Rural Bangladeshi Women 322
Index 354
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