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Women in Early Indian Societies

Kumkum Roy (ed)

Published by Manohar, India
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Contents: Introduction. I. Issues and perspectives: 1. The position of women in Hindu civilization: retrospect and prospect/A.S. Altekar. 2. Beyond the Altekarian paradigm: towards a new understanding of gender relations in early Indian history/Uma Chakravarti. 3. Women under primitive Buddhism: laywomen and almswomen/I.B. Horner. II. Women and the economy: 1. Proprietary rights of women in ancient India/N.N. Bhattacharyya. 2. Turmeric land: women's property rights in Tamil society since early medieval times/Kanakalatha Mukund. 3. Rural urban dichotomy in the concept and status of women: an examination (from the Mauryas to the Guptas)/Chitrarekha Gupta. 4. Aspects of women and work in early South India/Vijaya Ramaswamy. III. Socio sexual constructions of womanhood: 1. Polyandry in the Vedic period/Sarva Daman Singh. 2. Prostitution in ancient India/Sukumari Bhattacharji. 3. Woman and the sacred in ancient Tamilnadu/George L. Hart III. IV. Religious beliefs and practices: 1. Urvasi and Pururavas/D.D. Kosambi. 2. Women's patronage to temple architecture/Harihar Singh. 3. The world of the Bhaktin in South Indian traditions the body and beyond/Uma Chakravarti. Bibliography. Women in Early Indian Societies is an anthology of excerpts from the works of authors who have shaped our understanding of gender relations in early India. Also included are papers which provide fresh insights or explore alternative paradigms and possibilities. The first section focuses on the diverse issues and perspectives in women's history so as to give the reader an overview of the implicit and explicit debates and methodological strategies and problems. Section II highlights some aspects of the material context and content of gender relations especially in terms of property labour and the impact of processes such as urbanization. Section III provides samples of the socio sexual definitions of womanhood through investigations in polyandry and prostitution and also draws attention to the possibility of regional variations. The last section on religious traditions includes analyses of the Goddess cult women's patronage of religious institutions and early Bhakti movements. The volume contains an editorial introduction which contextualizes the anthology and a detailed bibliography. Bookseller Inventory # 289

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Title: Women in Early Indian Societies

Publisher: Manohar, India

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