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Tradition and liberation : the Hindu tradition in the Indian women's movement /
Catherine A. Robinson.
Richmond, Surrey : Curzon Press, 1999.
x, 230 p.
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Richmond, Surrey : Curzon Press, 1999.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Catherine Robinson works as a lecturer in the Study of Religions Department at Bath Spa University College
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Robinson delineates the interplay of tradition and modernity, and identifies some aspects of continuity and change in the ideology and strategy of the women's movement in India during the past 150 years. This study demonstrates the process by which religious and cultural concepts and figures are reinterpreted and advocated by different groups and individuals to either advocate or protest changes in women's rights and opportunities. The author uses historical, sociological, and literary sources to examine the relationships between the Hindu tradition and the women's movement led by and for women. She focuses on women's issues such as "sati," the prohibition of widow remarriage, the institution of child marriage, and the male monopoly over education. Robinson also discusses the campaign for women's political and social rights and reform of Hindu personal law. She provides insights into current debates on Hindu tradition and the position of women in the context of "sati," dowry, death, female feticide, and the rise of the Hindu radical right. This well-written and well-organized book is an important contribution to women and gender studies, South Asian studies, and comparative religion. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. A. Chekki; University of Winnipeg
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The text examines the role of the Hindu tradition in the ideology and methodology of the Indian women's movement. By showing how leaders of the movement have restated aspects of the tradition, it provides insight into the ways in which a women's movement can restate a religious tradition. Throughout Indian society religion has been central to debate about the position of women and opposition to the women's movement has often been rationalised in terms of religion. Through a review of the speeches and writings of leading figures of the movement from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it identifies positive as well as negative representations of the tradition and its implications for women. It shows when and why the movement has chosen either to offer a traditional justification for its aims and activities or to eschew such a justification in favour of an alternative rationale.
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Examining the role of the Hindu tradition in the ideology and methodology of the Indian women's movement, this study provides some insight into how a women's movement can restate a religious tradition in a society which has used religion against women.
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Robinson (religious studies, Bath Spa U. College) shows how leaders of the movement have restated aspects of the religious tradition in a society where religion has been central to debate about the position of women, and where opposition to the movement has been rationalized in terms of religion. She explains that different members of the movement have advanced different interpretations of the tradition and so have had different reasons for and against appeal to Hindu beliefs and values.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introduction: The Hindu Tradition and the Indian Women's Movementp. 1
The 'Woman Question' in India: Reform, Revival, and the Hindu Renaissancep. 29
The 'Awakening' of Indian Women: The Emergence of the Women's Movementp. 55
'Women's Uplift': The Appeal to Hindu Beliefs and Valuesp. 75
'Equal Rights': The Appeal to Liberal Beliefs and Valuesp. 103
Legislation and Change: Campaigning for Women's Rightsp. 127
The Contemporary Debate: Activists, Academics and the Hindu Traditionp. 147
Conclusion: Tradition and Liberationp. 175
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 225
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