Problems for a contemporary theory of gender

Susie THARU, Tejaswini NIRANJANA

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Abstract

Susie Tharu and Tejaswini Niranjana put forward a major hurdle for theorising gender as such, by arguing that the primary subject of feminist inquiry, i.e., woman, is not a homogeneous category, due to its substantive linkage with caste, class and community factors. They narrate four streams of movements led by women towards a better society, to highlight the differences of Indian women. As Tharu and Niranjana provide no clues for how this challenge may be faced, we encounter here a pessimistic approach towards theorising Indian feminism that Dalit feminists must themselves overcome.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDalit Feminist Theory : A Reader
EditorsSunaina ARYA, Aakash SINGH RATHORE
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Chapter2
Pages40-59
ISBN (Electronic)9781000651225
ISBN (Print)9780367276812
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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THARU, S., & NIRANJANA, T. (2020). Problems for a contemporary theory of gender. In S. ARYA, & A. SINGH RATHORE (Eds.), Dalit Feminist Theory : A Reader (pp. 40-59). Taylor and Francis.