Gendering Caste

Through a Feminist Lens

Uma Chakravarti,

Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens
 
 

The continuous demand for Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens (2003) led to this revised edition, which analyses the recent socio-economic and political changes that have taken place. Since time immemorial, women have supported the caste system; the vital link between gender and caste thus remains in place. This is highlighted in the incidents of brutal retribution to dalit assertion from Sirsagaon 1966 to Khairlanji 2013.

Maithreyi Krishnaraj, the Series Editor, highlights the author’s discussion on the new ways in which caste violence targets women and on the changes within the family—immediate and extended—that still keep women subservient to caste norms. She points to the new discussion on an economy in transition to capitalism, and persistent conflicts over religion, language, ethnicity and other differences that relate to gender.

The book also includes a new ‘Afterword: Caste and Gender in the New Millennium’, which provides an updated discussion on the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 (known in short as Prevention of Atrocities Act: POA). Erudite, yet accessible, this book enables the reader to understand the ramifications of caste today.




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