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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.

Critiques of Caste and Gender Stratification
Critiques of caste and gender stratification

Was there no opposition to the caste system? Surely those who were at the bottom end of such a system would have wanted to find ways to escape or resist their degradation. Indeed, there were. Even as these processes were unfolding, and throughout the centuries when the caste system was proliferating, there were critiques of the caste system and of unequal gender relations. From a number of diverse references we know that not everyone was willing to accept these unequal social relations, and the hegemonic ideology was contested in a variety of ways. The Buddhist tradition kept alive the critique of caste. From a number of Jataka stories two may be cited as ...

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