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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 3: Caste, Class and Gender: The Historical Roots of Brahmanical Patriarchy
Caste, Class and Gender: The Historical Roots of Brahmanical Patriarchy
How did the complex structure of the caste system that has been outlined in the preceding chapters come into being and evolve over the centuries? Why should we be concerned with the historical aspects of the structures that operate in the world that we live in? The historical evolution of the specific forms of stratification on the subcontinent is certainly important in itself; further in order to understand their workings we need to give male dominance and upper caste dominance not only a historicity but also a common lineage because the two are so closely linked. Broadly it can be argued that if events occur ...