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A Space of Her Own

A Space of Her Own
Personal Narratives of Twelve Women

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Leela Gulati - Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India
  • Jasodhara Bagchi - Former Chairperson, West Bengal Commission for Women, Kolkata

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Women's Studies (General)

April 2009 | 275 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Focusing on relationships between women of different generations in India, this book comprises of narratives demonstrating how each contributor established her own personhood through engagement with a wider kin group.

Did the women portrayed in the narratives find space for themselves within orthodox structures? Or, were they so constrained by the social roles of the greatest importance to their families - as wives and mothers - that ending these roles meant some kind of death? How did their lives mould those of the narrators of these life histories?

Showing that women need not always be seen as victims, these are stories of women who found strength, success and independence from the inspiring lives of their mothers and grandmothers.


Carolyn M Elliott
The Wind Beneath My Wings

Nabaneeta Dev Sen
A Heritage of Heresy within Tradition

Vina Mazumdar
A Daughter of Awadh

Zarina Bhatty
A Struggle for Space

Hema Sundaram
The Tyranny of Tradition

Leela Gulati
Wings Come to Those who Fly

Maithreyi Krishna Raj
The Times that are A-Changing

Priti T Desai
Uneven Earth and Open Sky

Saroja Kamakshi
Abode of Colour

Vijaya Mehta
Striking New Roots

Sushil Narulla
Matriliny within Patriliny

Jasodhara Bagchi
Three Generations of Women

Mary Roy
Afterword: The Colonised Coloniser

Arlie Hochschild
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"What impresses me the most about these narratives is the perceptiveness, emotional depth, and openness of personal feelings they display. The volume makes engrossing reading, is thematically well integrated, and provides abundant food for thought."

Sylvia Vatuk
University of Illinois at Chicago

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