Women and Labour in Late Colonial India: The Bengal Jute Industry

Women and Labour in Late Colonial India: The Bengal Jute Industry

by Samita Sen
     
 

Samita Sen's history of labouring women in Calcutta in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries considers how social constructions of gender shaped their lives. She demonstrates how - in contrast to the experience of their male counterparts - the long-term trends in the Indian economy devalued women's labour, establishing patterns of urban migration and changing… See more details below

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Samita Sen's history of labouring women in Calcutta in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries considers how social constructions of gender shaped their lives. She demonstrates how - in contrast to the experience of their male counterparts - the long-term trends in the Indian economy devalued women's labour, establishing patterns of urban migration and changing gender equations within the family. She relates these trends to the spread of dowry giving, enforced widowhood and child marriage.

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"Women and Labour in Late Colonial India is an excellent example of women's history. In this book, Sen forces us to look at how women's lives as jute mill workers followed different trajectories than those of men, weaves a story of the complex relationship between gender and class, and insists we view the historical construction of gender as a process deeply embedded in economic, political and social processes...a must read for scholars and students of colonial history, labor history, and women's history." The Historian

"This work is an important explanation of the interplay of gender and class." Choice

"...ambitious study...Sen's work is thorough and informative...Sen's quest for working-class women's history in Bengali jute mills was a very challenging one, and she productively pushes our knowledge and questions further." American Historical Review

"Sen ventures into new territory with her assertion that gender is not secondary, but indeed primary, to the analysis of factory work. This is a must read for scholars and students of colonial history, labor history, and women's history," The Historian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521035064
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society Series, #3
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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