Indian Feminisms: Law, Patriarchies and Violence in India Geetanjali Gangoli

ISBN: 9780754646044

Published: February 1st 2007


149 pages


Indian Feminisms: Law, Patriarchies and Violence in India  by  Geetanjali Gangoli

Indian Feminisms: Law, Patriarchies and Violence in India by Geetanjali Gangoli
February 1st 2007 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 149 pages | ISBN: 9780754646044 | 10.64 Mb

Contributing to recent debates on feminism, and Indian feminism in particular, this book assesses how feminists in India have impacted legal and social debates on womens rights, violence against women and sexuality from the 1970s. The author examines and analyses feminist campaigns on issues of violence and womens rights and debates on ways in which feminist legal debates may be limiting for women and based on exclusionary concepts such as citizenship.

Campaigns ranging from domestic violence, rape, pornography and son preference are addressed and set within a wider analysis of the position of women within the Indian state and sexuality generally. The strengths and limitations of law reform for women are addressed as well as whether legal feminisms relating to law and womens legal rights are effective in the Indian context. The author examines whether legal campaigns have led to or can lead to positive changes in womens lives or whether they further legitimize oppressive state patriarchies. The recasting of caste and community identities are also assessed, as well as the rise of Hindu fundamentalism and the ways in which feminists in India have combated and confronted these challenges.

The book will be of interest to researchers and students in the areas of feminism, law, womens movements and social movements in India and South Asia more generally.

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