Dowry: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

Dowry: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

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Overview

This exciting new volume debunks overly simplistic conceptions of Dowry. Taking a variety of theoretical and active approaches, this work bridges the gap between today's prevailing theory and practice, whilst taking South Asian women's own experiences as a starting point to any discussion. Bringing a unique diversity of perspectives from leading academics and activists, this book opens up the term "Dowry" to undertake a study of its role in various communities across the world from the practice of "mehr" among Muslim societies, the role of the dowry in Bangladesh, and its position in the wider diasporic populations globally. The groundbreaking, multidisciplinary book is essential reading for students, policymakers, practitioners and activists alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848132948
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tamsin Bradley is an ESRC Research Fellow at London Metropolitan University. Emma Tomalin is Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. Magala Subramaniam is Associate Professor of Sociology at Purdue University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Tamsin Bradley Emma Tomalin v

Preface Tamsin Bradley Emma Tomalin vii

Foreword Ursula King xii

Introduction Emma Tomalin 1

Dowry in Rural Bangladesh: An intractable problem? Santi Rozario 29

Heroes or Hondas?: Analysing men's dowry narratives in a time of rapid social change Kate Jehan 59

The Interfaces between Gender, Religion and Dowry Tamsin Bradley 87

Trends and Patterns in Dowry Transactions: Evidence from North and South India Sonia Dalmia Pareena G. Lawrence 115

The Spider's Web: Seeing dowry, fighting dowry Rajni Palriwala 144

Legacies of the Dowry Prohibition Act in India: Marriage practices and feminist discourses Srimati Basu 177

Dowry and Transnational Activism Mangala Subramanian Karen Remedios Debarashmi Mitra 197

Conclusion Emma Tomalin 226

Contributors 242

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