Women in Modern India

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In a sympathetic and comprehensive study of Indian women, Geraldine Forbes considers their recent history from the nineteenth century under colonial rule, to the twentieth century after Independence. The author begins with the reform movement, which was established by men to educate women, and demonstrates how education changed their lives and enabled them to take part in public life. Through the women's own accounts of their lives and activities, she documents the formation of their organizations, their participation in the struggle for freedom, their role in the colonial economy and the development of the women's movement in India since 1947. By relying on first-hand accounts, the author has been able to compile an immediate and accessible record of the achievements of Indian women over the last two centuries which will be of interest not only to students of South Asia, but to anyone concerned with women and their history.
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"This volume on women in modern India is extremely well researched and well thought out." Joan P. Mencher, Journal of Developing Areas

"Forbes's volume is at once a celebration and an exhortation. It is a celebration both of feminist scholarship on India and of women's achievements there under the most contraining circumstances of colonial, nationlist, and postcolonial patriarchies. It is also an exhortation to discover and preserve more women's records, to write more women's histories, and 'to include gender in [all our] conceptual frameworks'(9)." Sumathi Ramaswamy, The Historian

"Forbes's Women in Modern India is an ambitious survey that narrates the many stories of women involved in the social reform, nationalist, and post-Independence women's rights movements." Brenda Cossman, SIGNS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521268127
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Series: New Cambridge History of India Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
General editor's preface
List of abbreviations
A note on spelling
Introduction 1
1 Reform in the nineteenth century: efforts to modernize women's roles 10
2 Education for women 32
3 The emergence of women's organizations 64
4 The movement for women's rights 92
5 Women in the nationalist movement 121
6 Women's work in colonial India 157
7 A time of transition 189
8 Women in independent India 223
Bibliographic essay 255
Index 282
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