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Women Law and Public Opinion

Krishna Gupta

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ISBN 10: 8170336422 / ISBN 13: 9788170336426
Published by Rawat, 2001
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Contents: Foreword. 1. Law and public opinion. 2. Law and women: feminism and feminist jurisprudence. 3. Abortion in the US: interplay between public opinion and law. 4. Dowry in India: origin and present status. 5. Public opinion and enactment of laws in India. 6. Law, public opinion and women. Bibliography. Index. "In a democratic set up, relationship between law and public opinion is of great significance. This book seeks to examine the complex interaction between the two in the context of women's rights in the world's largest liberal democracies-USA and India. "The author undertook this comparative empirical study of the abortion debate in the USA and the dowry problem in India. While in the USA, public opinion stood ahead of law and influenced subsequent judicial decision and policy-making; but in India, law tried to lead the change in public opinion but encountered very strong public resistance and had to be modified in the line of the prevailing social opinion. "To what extent was law an effective instrument in transforming the status of women in India and the USA has been examined in a comparative framework. The study reveals that the development of public opinion in a democratic polity is slow and gradual. The existing patriarchal social arrangements and values in the two settings prevented effective implementation of legally mandated social change in favour of women. Despite legal guarantee of equal rights, women's actual capacity to exercise them effectively remains restricted in both the countries. Hence, the law could empower women only when preceded 228 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 28480

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Title: Women Law and Public Opinion

Publisher: Rawat

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

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"In a democratic set up, relationship between law and public opinion is of great significance. This book seeks to examine the complex interaction between the two in the context of women's rights in the world's largest liberal democracies-- USA and India. This comparative empirical study is of the abortion debate in the USA and the dowry problem in India. While in the USA, public opinion stood ahead of law and influenced subsequent judicial decision and policy-making; in India, law tried to lead the change in public opinion but encountered very strong public resistance and had to be modified in the line of the prevailing social opinion. To what extent was law an effective instrument in transforming the status of women in India and the USA has been examined in a comparative framework. It reveals that the existing patriarchal social arrangements and values in the two settings prevented effective implementation of legally mandated social change in favour of women. Despite legal guarantee of equal rights, women's actual capacity to exercise them effectively remains restricted in both the countries."

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