Women, Gender and Everyday Social Transformation in India.

By: Nielsen, Kenneth Bo
Contributor(s): Waldrop, Anne
Series: Anthem South Asian Studies: Publisher: London : Anthem Press, 2014Copyright date: ©2014Edition: 1st edDescription: 1 online resource (262 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781783082704Subject(s): Women - India - Social conditions - 21st centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Women, Gender and Everyday Social Transformation in IndiaDDC classification: 305.48891411 LOC classification: HQ1742 -- .W6553 2014ebOnline resources: Click to View
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Women, Gender and Everyday Social Transformation in India -- Title -- Copyright -- CONTENTS -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- WOMEN AND GENDER IN A CHANGING INDIA -- 'The Women's Question' at Three Historical Junctures -- Social Transformation in Postreform India -- Everyday Social Transformation: Approaches and Methods -- The Chapters -- Work, Technology, Aspirations -- Democracy and the Developmental State -- Assertions and Activism -- Notes -- References -- Part I WORK, TECHNOLOGY, ASPIRATIONS -- Chapter One TODAY'S 'GOOD GIRL': THE WOMEN BEHIND INDIA'S BPO INDUSTRY -- Women in the BPO Industry: Class, Reputation and Surveillance -- Shilpa: Money, Marriage and the Male Inferiority Complex -- Poonam: From Day Factory Worker to a Night IT Career -- Transformation at the Personal Level -- Transformation at the Societal Level -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Two GENDER, INTERSECTIONALITY AND SMARTPHONES IN RURAL WEST BENGAL -- Agricultural Growth and Crises -- Gendered Spheres -- Diffusion of Mobile Telephony in Janta -- Gendered Phone-Use Patterns -- Phone-Use Affordances and Barriers -- Phones Mediate Conversation Contexts -- Conclusions -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Three THE INTRODUCTION OF ELECTRICITY IN THE SUNDARBAN ISLANDS: CONSERVING OR TRANSFORMING GENDER RELATIONS? -- Methods -- Sagar and Moushuni Islands: The Socioeconomic Context -- Men Becoming Involved in Electricity -- Household Organization, Gender Roles and the Gendered Distribution of Wealth -- Electricity Entering Sundarban Homes -- Evening Practices: Housewives Stay at Home, Husbands Attend Village Markets -- Electric Light: Enhancing Education and Making Cooks Become More Efficient -- Control of Electricity's Uses and Decision Making at Home -- Conclusion: Gender Relations Transformed? -- Notes -- References.
Chapter Four CHANGING CONSUMPTION AND THE NEGOTIATION OF GENDER ROLES IN KERALA -- The 'Kerala Model' of Social Development -- Kerala's Unique Gender Legacy -- Gender Pressure and Gendered Consumption -- Communicating womanly ideals -- Dowry negotiations -- Family apprenticeship -- Housework -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Five GENDER, WORK AND SOCIAL CHANGE: RETURN MIGRATION TO KERALA -- Agency -- Migration from Kerala to the Gulf Countries -- The Return Migrants -- The Place of Return -- Experiences of Returning Home -- Returned Men and Women's Agency -- Returned Women and Their Agency -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Six SHOWTIME AND EXPOSURESIN NEW INDIA: THE REVELATIONS OF LUCKY FARMHOUSE -- Lucky Farmhouse: The Model -- The Changing Profile of Western Women in India -- The Revelations of a Swedish Blonde -- Real New India -- Notes -- References -- Part II DEMOCRACY AND THE DEVELOPMENTAL STATE -- Chapter Seven GENDER AND DEMOCRATIZATION: THE POLITICS OF TWO FEMALEGRASSROOTS ACTIVISTS IN NEW DELHI -- Democratization, Mediation and Women in Indian Politics -- Janata Camp and Vijay Vihar as Seen by the State -- Indira: Two Types of Activism in an Unauthorized Colony -- Maya: Politics and Social Work in a Slum -- Conclusion: The Power of Women -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Eight THE REPRODUCTIVE BODYAND THE STATE: ENGAGING WITH THE NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH MISSION IN TRIBAL ODISHA -- The Conduct of the Family and the Conduct of the State -- From Coercive Measures to Women's Rights and Child Survival -- The Ethnographic Context of the Gadaba Tribe in Odisha -- The Entry of the NRHM: Protecting Mother and Child -- 'There Was No Medical and Not Many Medicines in Our Time!' -- Women as Citizens -- Cash Incentives as State Alms -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References.
Chapter Nine A VEILED CHANGE AGENT: THE 'ACCREDITED SOCIAL HEALTH ACTIVIST' IN RURAL RAJASTHAN -- Theoretical Approach: Agency and Change -- Policy Visions -- Being a Bahū in Her Sasurāl: The ASHA's Social Context -- Gendered Aspects of Work, Economy and Agency -- The ASHA's Work -- The Monthly Review Meetings -- Extended Agency of Movement -- Social Networks: Friendship and Support -- Handling Bureaucracy and Authority Figures -- Potential for Being a Social 'Activist' -- The ASHA: Planting Seeds of Change? -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Ten DISCIPLINING GENDER AND GENDERING DISCIPLINE: WOMEN'S STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA -- Movement and Discipline -- The Internal Critique and the Politics of Interdisciplinarity -- Pedagogical Practices inside the Classroom -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Part III ASSERTIONS AND ACTIVISM -- Chapter Eleven NEW SUBALTERNS? FEMINIST ACTIVISM IN AN ERA OF NEOLIBERAL DEVELOPMENT -- The Co-option of Indian Feminism -- West Bengal's Feminist Field -- Finding Feminism -- Khela, Shakti, Sachetana -- Transforming the Self -- Professionalizing Activism -- Conclusion: Beyond Co-option -- Note -- References -- Chapter Twelve FAMILY, FEMININITY, FEMINISM: 'STRUCTURES OF FEELING' IN THE ARTICULATION OF MEN'S RIGHTS -- Structures of Feeling in Collective Action -- Saving Family, Saving Nation -- Paradise Lost -- Forging Solidarity -- Descriptions of Femininity and the Threat of Feminist Change -- Implicating Hegemonic Masculinity -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Thirteen WOMEN'S ACTIVISM IN THE SINGUR MOVEMENT, WEST BENGAL -- The Women's Question and the Question of Women in Politics -- The Singur Movement and the Mahishya Women of Shantipara -- Forging an Activist Identity -- Being an Activist: Transgressing Domesticity -- Circumscribing Women's Activism.
Conclusion: Gender and Transformation in the Singur Movement -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Fourteen THE WOMEN'S QUESTION AND INDIAN MAOISM -- Women and the Indian Left: A Brief History -- The Women's Question in Maoist Literature -- Anuradha Ghandy and Revolutionary Feminism -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Fifteen CASTE AND CLASS IN GENDERED RELIGION: DALIT WOMEN IN CHENNAI'S SLUMS -- Urban Dalit Women's Contextual History: Poverty and Patriarchy -- The Gender Paradox: The Contradictory Norms of Urban Gender Relations -- The Sharp Decline in the Status of Lower-Caste Tamil Women -- Dalit Men, Disempowerment and Alcoholism: A Normative Emasculation -- State Support for Greater Liquor Consumption -- Intolerable Stress Levels and Female Suicides -- Building a New Moral Community through Prayer Groups: Creating Interrelationship -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS -- Editors -- Contributors.
Summary: 'Women, Gender and Everyday Social Transformation in India' explores key processes of gendered change in contemporary India. Through ethnographically grounded case studies, the volume foregrounds the contradictory and contested co-existence of discrepant gendered norms, values and visions in a society caught up in wider processes of sociopolitical change.
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Women, Gender and Everyday Social Transformation in India -- Title -- Copyright -- CONTENTS -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- WOMEN AND GENDER IN A CHANGING INDIA -- 'The Women's Question' at Three Historical Junctures -- Social Transformation in Postreform India -- Everyday Social Transformation: Approaches and Methods -- The Chapters -- Work, Technology, Aspirations -- Democracy and the Developmental State -- Assertions and Activism -- Notes -- References -- Part I WORK, TECHNOLOGY, ASPIRATIONS -- Chapter One TODAY'S 'GOOD GIRL': THE WOMEN BEHIND INDIA'S BPO INDUSTRY -- Women in the BPO Industry: Class, Reputation and Surveillance -- Shilpa: Money, Marriage and the Male Inferiority Complex -- Poonam: From Day Factory Worker to a Night IT Career -- Transformation at the Personal Level -- Transformation at the Societal Level -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Two GENDER, INTERSECTIONALITY AND SMARTPHONES IN RURAL WEST BENGAL -- Agricultural Growth and Crises -- Gendered Spheres -- Diffusion of Mobile Telephony in Janta -- Gendered Phone-Use Patterns -- Phone-Use Affordances and Barriers -- Phones Mediate Conversation Contexts -- Conclusions -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Three THE INTRODUCTION OF ELECTRICITY IN THE SUNDARBAN ISLANDS: CONSERVING OR TRANSFORMING GENDER RELATIONS? -- Methods -- Sagar and Moushuni Islands: The Socioeconomic Context -- Men Becoming Involved in Electricity -- Household Organization, Gender Roles and the Gendered Distribution of Wealth -- Electricity Entering Sundarban Homes -- Evening Practices: Housewives Stay at Home, Husbands Attend Village Markets -- Electric Light: Enhancing Education and Making Cooks Become More Efficient -- Control of Electricity's Uses and Decision Making at Home -- Conclusion: Gender Relations Transformed? -- Notes -- References.

Chapter Four CHANGING CONSUMPTION AND THE NEGOTIATION OF GENDER ROLES IN KERALA -- The 'Kerala Model' of Social Development -- Kerala's Unique Gender Legacy -- Gender Pressure and Gendered Consumption -- Communicating womanly ideals -- Dowry negotiations -- Family apprenticeship -- Housework -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Five GENDER, WORK AND SOCIAL CHANGE: RETURN MIGRATION TO KERALA -- Agency -- Migration from Kerala to the Gulf Countries -- The Return Migrants -- The Place of Return -- Experiences of Returning Home -- Returned Men and Women's Agency -- Returned Women and Their Agency -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Six SHOWTIME AND EXPOSURESIN NEW INDIA: THE REVELATIONS OF LUCKY FARMHOUSE -- Lucky Farmhouse: The Model -- The Changing Profile of Western Women in India -- The Revelations of a Swedish Blonde -- Real New India -- Notes -- References -- Part II DEMOCRACY AND THE DEVELOPMENTAL STATE -- Chapter Seven GENDER AND DEMOCRATIZATION: THE POLITICS OF TWO FEMALEGRASSROOTS ACTIVISTS IN NEW DELHI -- Democratization, Mediation and Women in Indian Politics -- Janata Camp and Vijay Vihar as Seen by the State -- Indira: Two Types of Activism in an Unauthorized Colony -- Maya: Politics and Social Work in a Slum -- Conclusion: The Power of Women -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Eight THE REPRODUCTIVE BODYAND THE STATE: ENGAGING WITH THE NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH MISSION IN TRIBAL ODISHA -- The Conduct of the Family and the Conduct of the State -- From Coercive Measures to Women's Rights and Child Survival -- The Ethnographic Context of the Gadaba Tribe in Odisha -- The Entry of the NRHM: Protecting Mother and Child -- 'There Was No Medical and Not Many Medicines in Our Time!' -- Women as Citizens -- Cash Incentives as State Alms -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References.

Chapter Nine A VEILED CHANGE AGENT: THE 'ACCREDITED SOCIAL HEALTH ACTIVIST' IN RURAL RAJASTHAN -- Theoretical Approach: Agency and Change -- Policy Visions -- Being a Bahū in Her Sasurāl: The ASHA's Social Context -- Gendered Aspects of Work, Economy and Agency -- The ASHA's Work -- The Monthly Review Meetings -- Extended Agency of Movement -- Social Networks: Friendship and Support -- Handling Bureaucracy and Authority Figures -- Potential for Being a Social 'Activist' -- The ASHA: Planting Seeds of Change? -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Ten DISCIPLINING GENDER AND GENDERING DISCIPLINE: WOMEN'S STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA -- Movement and Discipline -- The Internal Critique and the Politics of Interdisciplinarity -- Pedagogical Practices inside the Classroom -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Part III ASSERTIONS AND ACTIVISM -- Chapter Eleven NEW SUBALTERNS? FEMINIST ACTIVISM IN AN ERA OF NEOLIBERAL DEVELOPMENT -- The Co-option of Indian Feminism -- West Bengal's Feminist Field -- Finding Feminism -- Khela, Shakti, Sachetana -- Transforming the Self -- Professionalizing Activism -- Conclusion: Beyond Co-option -- Note -- References -- Chapter Twelve FAMILY, FEMININITY, FEMINISM: 'STRUCTURES OF FEELING' IN THE ARTICULATION OF MEN'S RIGHTS -- Structures of Feeling in Collective Action -- Saving Family, Saving Nation -- Paradise Lost -- Forging Solidarity -- Descriptions of Femininity and the Threat of Feminist Change -- Implicating Hegemonic Masculinity -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Thirteen WOMEN'S ACTIVISM IN THE SINGUR MOVEMENT, WEST BENGAL -- The Women's Question and the Question of Women in Politics -- The Singur Movement and the Mahishya Women of Shantipara -- Forging an Activist Identity -- Being an Activist: Transgressing Domesticity -- Circumscribing Women's Activism.

Conclusion: Gender and Transformation in the Singur Movement -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Fourteen THE WOMEN'S QUESTION AND INDIAN MAOISM -- Women and the Indian Left: A Brief History -- The Women's Question in Maoist Literature -- Anuradha Ghandy and Revolutionary Feminism -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Fifteen CASTE AND CLASS IN GENDERED RELIGION: DALIT WOMEN IN CHENNAI'S SLUMS -- Urban Dalit Women's Contextual History: Poverty and Patriarchy -- The Gender Paradox: The Contradictory Norms of Urban Gender Relations -- The Sharp Decline in the Status of Lower-Caste Tamil Women -- Dalit Men, Disempowerment and Alcoholism: A Normative Emasculation -- State Support for Greater Liquor Consumption -- Intolerable Stress Levels and Female Suicides -- Building a New Moral Community through Prayer Groups: Creating Interrelationship -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS -- Editors -- Contributors.

'Women, Gender and Everyday Social Transformation in India' explores key processes of gendered change in contemporary India. Through ethnographically grounded case studies, the volume foregrounds the contradictory and contested co-existence of discrepant gendered norms, values and visions in a society caught up in wider processes of sociopolitical change.

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