Urban Women in Contemporary India: A Reader

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Overview

Since the early 1990s, feminists in India have been rallying against integrating the Indian economy into the world market, perceiving it as a phenomenon which will lead to increased feminisation of poverty and the commodification of women. This anthology explores the impact of globalisation on Indian women and the struggle for gender equality. Since urban India has taken the initial benefit and brunt of globalisation, the focus here is on urban women, particularly from the educated middle class. The two dozen essays in this book offer insights into:

- gender identity, gender relations and conceptions of women

- violence against women and conflict resolution

- women and the media

- neo-liberal globalisation, from beauty pageants to working conditions

- women and information and communication technologies

- politics and women’s political participation

‘Women's work is never done,' said an African women's rights activist, 'Feminists’ work will never ever be done.’ This book reminds us that the road to the complete empowerment of women in India is still a long one.

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Editorial Reviews

Dawn
The reader opens up traditional feminist agendas to issues emerging out of urban women’s modern engagements with and representations in capitalist economy and communication network. The cover image showing hennaed hands of a woman operating a computer is a brilliant representation of tensions of tradition versus modernity and women’s independence versus patriarchal norms that emerge as women become global citizens.
Journal of South Asian Development
Urban Women in contemporary India is an insightful collection of articles which offers new and old observations of the Indian women’s movement and issues concerning Indian women…Ghadially provides a good background to the articles for the reader who has limited knowledge about the Indian women’s movement…. [the book] presents a book introduction into the complicated and thorny subject matter of Indian women to the unacquainted reader because it anticipates covering a broad spectrum of the field of women’s studies.
Business Line
This book is meant for those interested in women's issues, social activism, politics, sociology, psychology, ICT, and media.... The themes in this anthology seek to highlight the positions that women are placed in their struggle for gender equality, the challenges and the strategies needed to meet them.... This book is a reminder that it is still a long and uphill journey to women's empowerment in India.
One World South Asia
This book is the second time that Rehana Ghadially sets out to do a comprehensive anthology on women in India….The book attempts to capture the contextual realities of urban Indian women in a most comprehensive manner, while being rooted in research and analysis.
The Statesman
This book is reminder that it is still a long and uphill journey to women’s empowerment in India
Dawn
The reader opens up traditional feminist agendas to issues emerging out of urban women’s modern engagements with and representations in capitalist economy and communication network. The cover image showing hennaed hands of a woman operating a computer is a brilliant representation of tensions of tradition versus modernity and women’s independence versus patriarchal norms that emerge as women become global citizens.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761935209
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rehana Ghadially is Professor of Psychology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. She is the author of ‘Women in Indian Society: A Reader’ (Sage Publications, 1989), and has published more than a dozen papers in national and international journals on women of the Daudi Bohra sect of Indian Muslims. Her current research interest focuses on women, gender, and information and communication technologies. She is the recipient of several international fellowships.

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Table of Contents

Preface
INTRODUCTION - Rehana Ghadially
PART ONE: RECONSTRUCTING GENDER
Adolescence, Embodiment and Gender Identity - Meenakshi Thapan
Elite Women in a Changing Society
Male Hindi Filmgoers' Gaze - Steve Derne and Lisa Jadwin
An Ethnographic Interpretation of Gender Construction
Women as Emblems of Culture and Nation - U. Vindhya
Conceptions of the Hindu Right and the Democratic Women's Movement
Gender Roles and Cultural Continuity in the Asian Indian Immigrant Community in the U.S. - Shamita Das Dasgupta
PART TWO: VIOLENCE
Dowry-Murder - Jane Rudd
An Example of Violence against Women
When Homes are Torture Chambers - Vimochana
Vimochana's Work with Victims of Domestic Violence
Sexual Harassment at the Workplace - Vibhuti Patel
Empowerment Approaches to Gender-Based Violence - Veronica Magar
Women's Courts in Delhi Slums
PART THREE: MEDIA
Men and Women in Indian Magazine Advertisements - Mallika Das
A Preliminary Report
The Women's Movement and the Press in India - Rashmi Luthra
The Construction of Female Foeticide as a Social Issue
Portrayals of Sexual Violence in Popular Hindi Films, 1997-99 - Srividya Ramasubramanian and Mary Beth Oliver
Packaging the Contemporary Woman in Television Fiction - Centre for Advocacy and Research
Deconstructing the Role of 'Commerce' and 'Tradition'
PART FOUR: NEO-LIBERAL GLOBALIZATION
Showcasing India - Rupal Oza
Gender, Geography and Globalization
More than Just Tacking Women on to the 'Macro-Picture' - Sharmila Rege
Feminist Contributions to Globalization Discourses
Gender and Employment in the Context of Globalization - Rina Bhattacharya
Some Facts and Figures
Globalization and Women in India in the 1990s - Gabriele Dietrich
PART FIVE: INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
ICT and the Technological U-Turn for Women - Ashima Goyal
Gender, Cybercafes and Internet Access - Anikar Haseloff and Rehana Ghadially
Bridging the Digital Divide?
Empowering Women through ICT Education - Farida Umrani and Rehana Ghadially
Facilitating Computer Adoption
ICT Initiatives, Women and Work - Shobha Arun, Richard Heeks and Sharon Morgan
Reproducing or Changing Gender Inequalities?
PART SIX: POLITICS AND POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
Gender and Nationalism - Sikata Banerjee
The Masculinization of Hinduism and Female Political Participation
Greater Political Representation for Women - Leela Kasturi
A Brief History of Events and Debates
The Women's Question in Contemporary Politics - Vasanthi Raman
Index

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