Appropriating Gender: Women's Activism and Politicized Religion in South Asia

1st Edition

Patricia Jeffery, Amrita Basu

Routledge
Published November 26, 1997
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780415918664 - CAT# RT1764
Series: Zones of Religion

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Summary

Appropriating Gender explores the paradoxical relationship of women to religious politics in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Contrary to the hopes of feminists, many women have responded to religious nationalist appeals; contrary to the hopes of religious nationalists, they have also asserted their gender, class, caste, and religious identities; contrary to the hopes of nation states, they have often challenged state policies and practices. Through a comparative South Asia perspective, Appropriating Gender explores the varied meanings and expressions of gender identity through time, by location, and according to political context.

The first work to focus on women's agency and activism within the South Asian context, Appropriating Gender is an outstanding contribution to the field of gender studies.

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