- Subject index
The continuous demand for Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens (2003) led to this revised edition which analyses the recent socio-economic and political changes that have taken place. Caste-based marriage and control over women's sexuality have been crucial for the continuation of the caste system in India. Thus, caste and gender are linked. Brutal reprisals have followed when dalits and women have tried to challenge caste-based marriage and inequality which allots strict rules of conduct for women and all dalits.
Chapter 2: the Axis of Gender Stratification in India
the Axis of Gender Stratification in India
Introducing the Field
After two decades or so of feminist scholarship the emphasis of women's studies has more sharply shifted away from the earlier framework of the ‘status of women’, which we inherited as part of the dominant paradigm of the nationalist historian A.S. Altekar. Altekar's focus was on a limited set of concerns: property rights, marriage age, enforced widowhood, the participation of women in rituals and so on—mainly or exclusively applicable to the upper caste woman. The emphasis now is on the substantive question of women's subordination and the structures that make for their subordination. The issue, at least in feminist scholarship, no longer is whether women's status was high or ...