Voices of Privilege and Sacrifice from Women Volunteers in India: I Can Change

Voices of Privilege and Sacrifice from Women Volunteers in India: I Can Change

by Aditi Mitra


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ISBN-13: 9781498511629
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 02/26/2015
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Aditi Mitra received her PhD from Oklahoma State University, USA, Master of Arts as a British Chevening Scholar from Leicester University, UK and Bachelor of Arts from Loreto College (Calcutta University), India. She is assistant professor of sociology and women’s and ethnic studies (WEST), and was associate director of WEST at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters on gender, race and global feminist activism and presented her research internationally.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Part 1: Changing Women: Overview
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The role of NGOs as women’s spaces in Kolkata
Chapter 3: Tracing the women’s movement in India
Chapter 4: A Visionary Partnership: Women and NGOs
Part 2: Work and Sacrifice: I haven’t been working for money
Chapter 5: Working with NGOs
Chapter 6: Domestic obligations
Chapter 7: Challenges and obstacles
Chapter 8: Career incentives and motivations
Chapter 9: Image of NGOs
Part 3: Conception of Feminism: I am not a Feminist but…
Chapter 10: Interpreting and Exploring Feminism
Chapter 11: Conclusion
Methodological Appendix
About the Author

What People are Saying About This

Paul Draus

Mitra offers a valuable contribution to the existing scholarly literature in a number of areas in sociology, most notably feminist sociology, the sociology of globalization, and organizational sociology. This study exemplifies the intersectional approach that is much discussed in the Western academy, as it applies to a context where it is perhaps less extensively employed: the lives of middle and upper-class women working for social change in contemporary Kolkata, India.

Mangala Gauri Chakraborty

As Aditi remarks in her preface, the under privileged classes in India have been given considerable attention in the media and in economic and sociological studies, while women of other classes have received less attention. As a consequence, an image of India has been created that does not reflect the multi-layered, complex reality. Aditi’s book seeks to redress the balance. Even though her focus is necessarily narrow, limiting itself to the women in Kolkata, it is rich, complex and detailed, and offers a perspective that the percipient reader will realize may be applied to urban India as a whole.

Dolores Chew

The book is rich with personal narratives of women, and in their voices their conundrums, insecurities and questioning are palpable. What is also useful is the author’s awareness and integration of class, while at the same time getting the reader to appreciate that class privilege does not necessarily confer empowerment or a sense of satisfaction with one’s life situation. Often, the NGO workers often had to negotiate familial disapproval. The book demonstrates how working to ameliorate the situation of women who are socio-economically or otherwise marginalized, also helped the middle and upper class women studies…Dr. Mitra’s transnational personal background brings a valuable perspective that is informed from both within and without. In addition, her academic work and insights enriched the theoretical underpinnings and questions she brought to the research...

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