Prostitution and Beyond is an edited volume that discusses a spectrum of issues that are pertinent to sex workers in India. These issues have been dealt with on various research platforms before. By collectively presenting these diverse research conclusions, this volume explores the broader interconnectivity of issues that affect women in prostitution. Its objective is to reach a wider audience consisting of both women who are initiated, and those as yet uninitiated into prostitution. This volume takes on the responsibility of countering the negativity that has come to be indelibly associated with any mention of sex workers. This is reflected in the construction of the sections and the choice of papers, group discussions, interviews and commentaries included in this volume. Throughout its four sections of feminist discourse, ethnographic studies, socio-economic legal-health frameworks and cultural reflections, this book draws on the experiences of academicians, activists, researchers and scholars with varied backgrounds.

Modern Theatre as Epitome of Middle Class Civilized Culture: Scripting of Stage Actresses as ‘Prostitutes’ and ‘Fallen’ Women

Modern Theatre as Epitome of Middle Class Civilized Culture: Scripting of Stage Actresses as ‘Prostitutes’ and ‘Fallen’ Women

Modern theatre as epitome of middle class civilized culture: Scripting of stage actresses as ‘prostitutes’ and ‘fallen’ women

Re-definition of the female was a crucial feature of the hegemony that brought the middle class into power and superiority. A ‘new’ and ‘ideal’ woman was being constructed in the middle-class discourse, which was subjected to a new patriarchy. The ‘new’ woman was contrasted, not only with those of modern Western society, it was explicitly distinguished from the patriarchy of indigenous tradition. The new patriarchy was sharply distinguished from the immediate social and cultural condition in which the majority of the people lived, for the ‘new’ woman was quite the ...

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