Images of Women in Maharashtrian Society

Images of Women in Maharashtrian Society

by Anne Feldhaus, International Conference on Maharashtra: Culture and Society 1993 Ari
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791436608

ISBN-13: 9780791436608

Pub. Date: 03/28/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This volume, a companion to Images of Women in Maharashtrian Literature and Religion (SUNY Press, 1996), approaches more closely the realities of women's lives. Using historical documents from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and photographs, interviews, and conversations from the twentieth, the book constructs images of the conditions of women's lives in the…  See more details below

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This volume, a companion to Images of Women in Maharashtrian Literature and Religion (SUNY Press, 1996), approaches more closely the realities of women's lives. Using historical documents from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and photographs, interviews, and conversations from the twentieth, the book constructs images of the conditions of women's lives in the modern state and traditional region of Maharashtra over the past three hundred years. The authors search for the ideas, understandings, and judgments that have shaped those conditions, for the conscious and unconscious images that have made women's lives what they have been. The contributors examine ways femininity and the power, status, and potential of women have been viewed; actual women emphasizing ideas about women. Understanding ideas of this kind is a necessary first step toward understanding, and perhaps eventually affecting, the actualities of women's lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791436608
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
IWomen in Eighteenth-Century Maharashtra
1Family Disputes, Family Violence: Reconstructing Women's Experience from Eighteenth-Century Historical Records3
2Women in the Kotwal's Papers, Pune, 1767-179115
3The Dancing Girls of Maharashtra61
IIThe Nineteenth-Century Debate: Conservatism and Reform
4The Status and Image of Women in Nineteenth-Century Maharashtra: Vishnubawa Brahmachari's Views in the Context of Hindu Revival93
5Sexual Property/Sexual Violence: Wives in Late Nineteenth-Century Bombay113
6Child Brides and Child Mothers: The Age of Consent Controversy in Maharashtra as a Conflict of Perspectives on Women135
7Gender Consciousness in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Maharashtra163
8Pandita Ramabai's Stri-Dharma Niti and Tarabai Shinde's Stri-Purus Tulana: The Inner Unity of the Texts192
IIISome Contemporary Images
9Women as Bullocks: A Self-Image of Maharashtrian Village Women217
10Images of Women in a Maharashtrian Village: A Photo Essay240
11Sharda: A Mahar Woman's Path to Selfhood248
12A Bibliographic Essay on Women in Maharashtra256
About the Contributors273
Index277

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