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Power of Gender and the Gender of Power: Explorations in Early Indian History

Price : $45.00
ISBN # : 9780198066767
Author : Kumkum Roy
pages: 400
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Published : 2010

This volume examines the ways in which relations of power were conceptualized in early India and shows how gender was envisaged in this conceptualization. Arranged chronologically, the essays are grouped into two sections. The first focuses on a gendered analysis of institutions and processes, ranging from the household to urbanism and renunciatory traditions-areas which are critical for an understanding of early Indian history. The second section highlights strategies of textual analysis. It shows how most socio-religious texts are gendered in overt and covert ways. Produced by and for elite consumption, they were structured by prevailing notions and conceptions of power. Concentrating on the post-Vedic phase, the essays in this collection are richly grounded in Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Pali sources, including texts and inscriptions. This collection will be of especial interest to scholars and students of early Indian history and gender studies. Author Bio: Kumkum Roy is Professor of Ancient India History, Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 03 August, 2010.
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