Living the Body: Embodiment, Womanhood and Identity in Contemporary India

Living the Body: Embodiment, Womanhood and Identity in Contemporary India

by Meenakshi Thapan

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Living the Body: Embodiment, Womanhood and Identity in Contemporary India by Meenakshi Thapan

This is a book about embodiment and identity in the context of particular women's lives in an urban setting. It is concerned with the development of a sociology of embodiment in the context of women's lives in contemporary, urban India. The focus on embodiment is mediated by gender and class, two critical elements that constitute identity in relation to embodiment. The study is based on material collected from interviews with working class women in an urban slum and with professional, upper class women, with young women in secondary schools and from material from a women's magazine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788178299013
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Meenakshi Thapan is Professor of sociology at the Delhi School of Economics and Co-ordinator of the D.S. Kothari Centre for Science, Ethics and Education at the University of Delhi. She was Co-ordinator of the European Study Centre Programme, University of Delhi (January 2010–March 2012) and country partner (India) for the EU FP7 Project on EuroBroadMap. She is Series Editor for the series on Women and Migration in Asia, Volumes 1–5 (SAGE 2005–2008) and editor of Vol. 1: Transnational Migration and the Politics of Identity (SAGE 2005). She has also published Life at School (1991, 2006), Living the Body (SAGE 2009) and edited Embodiment: Essays on Gender and Identity (1997), Anthropological Journeys (1998), Contested Spaces. Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times (2010) and (with Roland Lardinois) Reading Pierre Bourdieu in a Dual Context. Essays from India and France (2006).

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Engagement with the Sociology of Embodiment
Embodiment, Identity and Womanhood
Cultures of Adolescence
Embodiment and Womanhood in Femina
The Body in the Mirror: Embodiment, Violence and Identity
The Body as a Weapon: Embodiment, Work and Identity
Aporiai of Resistance
References and Select Bibliography
Index

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