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

Explores the conditions of women's lives in the modern state and traditional region of Maharashtra.

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 Using historical documents from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and photographs, interviews

Overview

Explores the conditions of women's lives in the modern state and traditional region of Maharashtra.

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 Using historical documents from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and photographs, interviews, and conversations from the twentieth, the book constructs images of the conditions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.

This book is divided into three parts. Part I is based on documentary sources from the eighteenth century. Part II explores the subjects and terms of the conservatism versus reform debate in Maharashtra, and thus complements recent studies on images of women in Bengal and other parts of North India during the colonial period. Part III, which presents contemporary images of women in Maharashtra, includes an examination of village women's work, a photo essay, an oral life history, and a bibliographical essay.

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

I. Women in Eighteenth-Century Maharashtra

1. Family Disputes, Family Violence: Reconstructing Women's Experience from Eighteenth-Century Historical Records
Anne B. Waters

2. Women in the Kotwal's Papers, Pune, 1767-1791
N. K. Wagle

3. The Dancing Girls of Maharashtra
V. S. Kadam

II. The Nineteenth-Century Debate: Conservatism and Reform

4. The Status and Image of Women in Nineteenth-Century Maharashtra: Vishnubawa Brahmachari's Views in the Context of Hindu Revival
Frank F. Conlon

5. Sexual Property/Sexual Violence: Wives in Late Nineteenth-Century Bombay
Jim Masselos

6. Child Brides and Child Mothers: The Age of Consent Controversy in Maharashtra as a Conflict of Perspectives on Women
Meera Kosambi

7. Gender Consciousness in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Maharashtra
Jayant Lele

8. Pandita Ramabai's Stri-Dharma Niti and Tarabai Shinde's Stri-Purus Tulana: The Inner Unity of the Texts
Vidyut Bhagwat

III. Some Contemporary Images

9. Women as Bullocks: A Self-Image of Maharashtrian Village Women
Sharon F. Kemp

10. Images of Women in a Maharashtrian Village: A Photo Essay
Hemalata C. Dandekar

11. Sharda: A Mahar Woman's Path to Selfhood
Maxine Berntsen

12. A Bibliographic Essay on Women in Maharashtra
Eleanor Zelliot

About the Contributors

Index

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