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Women's Agency and Social Change
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Women's Agency and Social Change
Assam and Beyond

First Edition
  • Meeta Deka - Department of History, Gauhati University, Assam


September 2013 | 230 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Women’s Agency and Social Change: Assam and Beyond focuses on varied oppression, power relations and ideologies embedded in the complex yet interdependent social, political, economic and legal structures, and women’s subordination therein.

British intervention, 1826–1947, by itself did not impact the agency aspect on women directly, but the emergence of new forces and factors sowed the seeds of women’s agency to impact social change, even if minimal. In the post-Independence period, British colonial legacy perpetuated the subordination of women through caste and class hierarchy at several levels, but an undercurrent of a feminist struggle persisted, not merely as a movement but also at individual levels.

The book is written with the hope of encouraging future research on women’s experiences in the Northeastern region of India, and elsewhere; hence, a discussion on sources, methods and methodology is included in the conclusion. This book is based on the belief that knowledge production is, in itself, the praxis against oppressive structures and the need to understand the historical processes that slowly transformed women to become catalysts of social transformation.

Geraldine Forbes
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Women and Society
 
Women and Law
 
Women and Economy: Marginalization, Alienation and Agency
 
Changing Patriarchy and Women's Space in Politics
 
Conclusion
 
Glossary
 
Bibliography
 
Index

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