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Intimate Others: Marriage and Sexualities in India

Price : $40.00
ISBN # : 9788196076014
Author : Edited by Samita Sen, Ranjita Biswas and Nandita Dhawan
pages: 400
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Stree-Samya Publications
Published : 2011

Marriage has remained a neglected field within social sciences in India, considered as less urgent than grappling with larger issues of poverty, labour, livelihoods and politics that held academic centre-stage. Yet the last two decades have witnessed pervasive transformations in intimate relations, whether within or outside marriage, in same-sex or heterosexual contexts, in terms of coupled cohabitation or other unconventional living practices. Indeed, the larger issues, just mentioned, have also impacted on marriage. This book considers the interplay of gender, class and community with regard to marriage, on the constructions of masculinity and femininity within the family, as well as larger societal gender constructions that impact upon the family. Marriage, an all-pervasive institution remains grounded in caste, kinship, economic insecurities, sexual anxieties and faces globalizing desires or new conjugalities. These together have worked curiously to reinforce and not undermine its hegemonic status. At the same time the book engages with the experiences of gays and lesbians in this hitherto conservative but changing society, contributing to experiments and challenges to marriage as an institution. In brief, the book challenges the notions of marriage: ‘its orders as well as its borders’, seeking to examine the different dynamics of marriage, within itself as well as in inter-relationship to hierarchies of caste, class, community, and above all, gender. Note on the author: Samita Sen is director, Ranjita Biswas lecturer and Nandita Dhavan project coordinator, School of Women Studies, Jadavpur University.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 18 April, 2011.

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