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Democracy in the Family
Insights from India

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Family Studies (General)

March 2008 | 252 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Democracy in the Family: Insights from India is unique in the way it employs diverse research methods to address the issue of justice in the family under the common theme of examining whether the ethos of democracy is relevant to it. The interface between principles of democracy inside and outside the home is explored through the sub-themes of `Experiencing the Family`, `Expressing the Family`, `Seeking Justice` and `Including the Excluded`. The topics covered range from examinations of the institution of the family, the site of the household, practices of householding and relationships between members, the impact of non-democratic norms and attempts to seek justice in the face of domestic strife and violence, to the advocacy of inclusive strategies that involve men and entire communities in democratising the family.
 
Preface
Joy Deshmukh-Ranadive
Introduction
 
I: EXPERIENCING THE FAMILY
Nandita Gandhi
Women Adjusting for Survival: Women Workers, New Economic Policies, and Adjustments within the Family and Household
Sumi Krishna
The Light Shines Through Gossamer Threads: Inside-Outside Political Spaces
 
II: EXPRESSING THE FAMILY
Sonal Shukla
Family in Feminist Songs: A Continuity with Women`s Folk Literature
Uma Narain
Resurrecting the Mother in Mata Hidimba
 
III: SEEKING JUSTICE
Sita Vanka and M Nirmala Kumari
Sustaining Democracy within the Family Through Family Courts: An Exploratory Analysis
Nandita Bhatla and Anuradha Rajan
Private Concerns in Public Discourse: Women–initiated Community Response to Domestic Violence
Shramajibee Mahila Samity
The Shalishi in West Bengal: A Community–Based Response to Domestic Violence
 
IV: INCLUDING THE EXCLUDED
Radhika Chopra
Family, Gender and Masculinities
Joy Deshmukh-Ranadive
Placing Gender Equity in the Family Centre Stage: The Use of Kala Jatha Theatre
 
Index

This book is a compilation of research findings on the sociological perspectives of gender power relations within the household and their changing social patterns in India. It shows how gender inequality bias and discrimination are usually sustained and justified in the Indian context. It also provides some evidence of women’s empowerment. It is useful for academics, policy makers, and program managers who are particularly interested in gender violence, practical and strategic gender needs, gender socialization, and other dimensions of domestic democracy.

Gender, Technology and Development

This illuminating volume which discusses on gender, society and democracy, will immensely help social science teachers and researchers working on gender, family and human rights within the context of households in India.

South Asian Anthropologist

The book contributes by bringing to surface the complexity and variety of gender relations in the family, while highlighting the customary and the formal redressal and breather institutions that went unnoticed in the neat binary gender categories of male and female in family studies. In its research journey the family often got viewed as a functional institution and eventually as an oppressing one; this book goes beyond to provide a refreshing weave of the everyday justice-violence complexity in the family.

eSocial Science

This volume is interesting because…given the theme of the volume and that not much work has been done on it especially in the Indian context, it should be interesting for readers.

Social Change

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ISBN: 9780761936312
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