Problems for a contemporary theory of gender

Susie THARU, Tejaswini NIRANJANA

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Abstract

Suddenly 'women' are everywhere. Development experts name 'gender bias as the cause of poverty in the third world'; population planners declare their commitment to the empowerment of Indian women; economists speak of the feminisation of the Indian labour force. Over 1991-92, for instance, upper-caste women thronged the streets in the anti-Mandal protests; the BJP identified women and dalits as the principal targets of their next election campaign; women shot into prominence as leaders in the Ramjanmabhoomi movement. The People's War Group of the CPI-ML found themselves drawn increasingly into popular women's campaigns against sexual and domestic violence, dowry and the sale of arrack. Film after film features the new woman as active, critical, angry-she also figures prominently in Doordarshan programmes. In overwhelming numbers, women have joined the literacy campaigns in Pondicherry and parts of Andhra Pradesh. And now we have the anti-arrack movement that threatens to destabilise the entire economy of the state.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-117
Number of pages25
JournalSocial Scientist
Volume22
Issue number3/4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Caste
Economists
Protest
New Woman
Labor
Third World
Names
Causes
Domestic Violence
Dalits
Economy
National Archives
Election Campaigns
Dowry
Feminization
Poverty
Empowerment
Sexual Violence
Literacy

Bibliographical note

This article also published in S. Amin and D. Chakrabarty (Eds.) (1996), Subaltern studies IX: Writings on South Asian history and society (pp. 223-260). New Dehli: Oxford University Press.
This article also published in N. Menon (Ed.) (1999), Gender and politics in India (pp. 494-526). New Dehli: Oxford University Press.

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THARU, Susie ; NIRANJANA, Tejaswini. / Problems for a contemporary theory of gender. In: Social Scientist. 1994 ; Vol. 22, No. 3/4. pp. 93-117.
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