Images of Women in Maharashtrian Society

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Explores the conditions of women's lives in the modern state and traditional region of Maharashtra.
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Complements a 1996 treatment of women's images in the literature and religion, both generated from an April 1991 conference at Arizona State University. Constructs images of the conditions of women's actual lives in the modern Indian state and traditional region of Maharashtra over the past 300 years. Some of the 12 essays draw from 18th-century documentary sources, while others examine the debate between conservatism and reform during the colonial period. Still others concentrate on modern images, and include a portrayal of village women's work, a photo essay, and an oral life history. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791436608
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents



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

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