India's endemic gender-based violence has received increased international scrutiny and provoked waves of domestic protest and activism. In recent years, related studies on India and South Asia have proliferated but their analyses often fail to identify why violence flourishes. Unwilling to simply accept patriarchy as the answer, Tamsin Bradley presents new research examining how different groups in India conceptualise violence against women, revealing beliefs around religion, caste and gender that render aggression socially acceptable. She also analyses the role that neoliberalism, and its corollary consumerism, play in reducing women to commodity objects for barter or exchange. Unpacking varied conservative, liberal and neoliberal ideologies active in India today, Bradley argues that they can converge unexpectedly to normalise violence against women. Due to these complex and overlapping factors, rates of violence against women in India have actually increased despite decades of feminist campaigning. This book will be crucial to those studying Indian gender politics and violence, but also presents new data and methodologies which have practical implications for researchers and policymakers worldwide.
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About the Author
Tamsin Bradley is Senior Lecturer in International Development Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Her previous books include Gender and Religion in Developing Societies: Faith-based Organisations and Feminism in India (I.B.Tauris, 2010) and Challenging the NGOs: Women, Religion and Western Dialogues in India (I.B.Tauris, 2006).
Table of Contents
• Reviewing the Links between Religion, Gender and Development
• Understanding Global Development through Religion and Gender
• Gender, Mothering and Development: Case Studies of Three Hindu Trans-national Movements
• What is a Faith-Based Organization?
• Can Compassion bring Results? Reflections on the Work of an Intermediary Faith-Based Organization
• Competing Visions of Development: The Story of a Faith-Based Partnership
• Gender, Gandhi and Community Organizations
• Physical Religious Spaces in the Lives of Rajasthani Village Women: The Ethnographic Study and Practice of Religion in Development
• Positioning Religion in Research and Activism to End Domestic Violence in Rajasthan
• Puja as One Dimension of a Sensitive, Relational Approach to Community Health Care Provision