Published June 3, 2014
Reference - 348 Pages
ISBN 9781138020283 - CAT# Y165559
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The missing girls in India are not a new phenomenon. The British passed an Act to check female infanticide more than 100 years ago. Since 1960, India’s birth sex ratios have progressively declined from 994 to 910, implicating life-affecting gender violence. Backed by extensive field research, data and interviews, this book explores girl child deselection through cultural neglect, female infanticide and foeticide, and the role of caste and religion.
The book spans critical socio-historical contexts and examines the practice of selective right to life. It views the effects of militancy and khaap panchayats, and studies women’s rights discourses and protective legal reforms. The gender imbalance is mapped globally and analysed in the specific conditions of the Indian states of Punjab and Haryana. The book examines the inter-linkages of gender hierarchies with male child preference and warns that theoretical analyses limited to female foeticide alone cannot address gender inequalities or change the cycle of violence.
This will be valuable to scholars and researchers of gender and women studies, sociology, politics, and population and demographic studies. It will also be indispensable for women’s rights activists, NGOs, policy makers, government bodies, and those studying health and family planning.
Foreword Pramod Kumar. Preface. Acknowledgements. I. Mapping Child Deselection through a Civilisational Periscope II. Debates on Gender Violence, Identity and Rights: Implications for Female Deselection III. Girl Child Deselection: Disappearance and Invisibility in the Context of Punjab IV. Justifying Narratives, Legitimising Mechanisms V. Interpreting Gender and Cultural Specificities: Decoding the Power of Masculine Constructs in Panchayats, Punjab VI. Gender Positioning within the Cultural Support Structures VII. Policy and Practice: Negotiating the Politics of Gender in Identity-based Exchange VIII. Constructing Gender Capital for Gender Justice. Annexure. Notes. Bibliography. About the Author. Index