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Chapter 12: Women and Local Power in India and China: Revisiting the Ghosts of Manu and Confucius

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Women and Local Power in India and China: Revisiting the Ghosts of Manu and Confucius
Women and local power in India and China: Revisiting the ghosts of manu and confucius
BidyutMohanty
Introduction

The status of women in India and China have continuously been redefined with the evolution of the great civilisations. Brahminism, and later on the industrial revolution, as well as the freedom struggle influenced the status of women, one way or the other, in India. However, the dominant ideology, namely, patriarchy, continued to be a major influence in determining the subordinate role of women in India.

Similarly, China was also influenced by Confucianism and a radical political revolution, which in turn influenced the status of women dramatically. If Confucianism suggested a subordinate role for Chinese women, Mao Zedong, ...

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