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Gendering Caste

Gendering Caste
Through a Feminist Lens

First Edition

September 2018 | 224 pages | SAGE Stree

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. Caste-based marriage and control over women's sexuality have been crucial for the continuation of the caste system in India. Thus, caste and gender are linked. Brutal reprisals have followed when dalits and women have tried to challenge caste-based marriage and inequality which allots strict rules of conduct for women and all dalits.

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.

A Note from the Series Editor Maithreyi Krishnaraj
Understanding Caste
The Axis of Gender Stratification in India
Caste, Class and Gender: The Historical Roots of Brahmanical Patriarchy
The Formation of Patriarchy and the Subordination of Women
The Diversity of Patriarchal Practices
Critiques of Caste and Gender Stratification
Pre-Colonial Structures of Caste and Gender: An Eighteenth-Century Example
Caste in the Colonial Period
Caste and Gender in Contemporary India
Afterword: Caste and Gender in the New Millennium
Select Bibliography and Filmography

“The author appeals to young scholars to take up intensive religion-based studies…is another addition to rich contribution to feminist understanding of Indian society.”

The Tribune

The text is among the first critical feminist interventions and push-backs on the dominant discourse of caste that views caste as a consensual rather than oppressive system …. Gendering Caste is an excellent primer on caste and gender as bulwarks of Indian society and the role of the State in maintaining hierarchies.

J-Caste: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion, Vol. 1, Issue 1

“Chakravarti presents the complex and confounding process by which caste has become so entrenched in Hindu social life and, consequently, such a powerful (and often violent) tool in the subordination of women…. Chakravarti writes with clarity. Her erudition is deep and her research is extensive.”

The Book Review Literary Trust, 08 March 2020
Key features

·         Original theory on why upper caste women support the caste system though they face so many restrictions from it.

·         The book also explains the violence on women in general so that they obey the system and on the lower castes so that they obey the norms.

·         The book is written in a very simple language. What the author says is also in Ambedkar’s 17 vols of speeches and writings but this is simply put and easy to find.

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