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PASSAGE TO BONDAGE: labour in the Assam Tea Plantations

Cultural Studies

PASSAGE TO BONDAGE: labour in the Assam Tea Plantations

Edited by: SAMITA SEN

The most lucrative colonial commercial enterprise for the British Empire in India was the tea industry, concentrated in Assam and North Bengal. The coolies were brought from eastern and central India and virtually sold to the gardens at enormous pro...

The most lucrative colonial commercial enterprise for the British Empire in India was the tea industry, concentrated in Assam and North Bengal. The coolies were brought from eastern and central India and virtually sold to the gardens at enormous profit. This was the only industry to employ women in such large numbers. By the late nineteenth century, stories of rape, abduction and high mortality caught the imagination of the new middle class that was moved to protest, petition and mobilize public opinion. The book documents the colonial social history, particularly the severely exploitative labour system, akin to slavery, with a historical perspective on coolie labour and the women question

Published by: BHATKAL & SEN (SAMYA)

Publication Date: July, 2016

ISBN Code: 978-93-81345-18-4

The Weave of My Life: A Dalit Woman's Memoirs

Caste / Dalit Studies / Gender Studies / History / Literature / Memoirs / Sociology

The Weave of My Life: A Dalit Woman's Memoirs

By: Urmila Pawar. Translated from Marathi by Maya Pandit. Afterword by Sharmila Rege.

‘Pawar’s tenacious resourcefulness . . . leaves readers with the scope to imagine a better future. It is, of course, up to the readers to take up the cause. It needs to be widely read.’~Manu Bhagawan, IESHR, Oct-Dec 2012, 49: 606-09.
Aaydan is full...

‘Pawar’s tenacious resourcefulness . . . leaves readers with the scope to imagine a better future. It is, of course, up to the readers to take up the cause. It needs to be widely read.’~Manu Bhagawan, IESHR, Oct-Dec 2012, 49: 606-09.
Aaydan is full of beguiling detail. It sparkles with Pawar's sharp wit, disarming candour and ability to laugh at herself.~Shanta Gokhale on Awishkar’s play based on the memoirs, Pune Mirror, Aug 11, 2014.


This work translated for the first time into English is Urmila Pawar’s autobiography, Aaydan: Baskets. She confronts domestic violence, talking of what it is like to be an educated dalit woman. She brings the complexities of the life of the dalit community and especially of women, in a rapidly changing society.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: August, 2008

Translated from: Aaydan (Marathi)

ISBN Code: 978-81-85604-90-9

Price: Rs 450.00

Pages: 382

FEMINISTS AND SCIENCE: CRITIQUES AND

Contemporary Issues

FEMINISTS AND SCIENCE: CRITIQUES AND

Edited by: Sumi Krishna and Gita Chadha

Feminists and Science brings critical voices to bear upon the relationship between science, gender and patriarchies, critique science and reclaim it with equal passion. Feminist critiques of science have uncovered the ideological biases in scientifi...

Feminists and Science brings critical voices to bear upon the relationship between science, gender and patriarchies, critique science and reclaim it with equal passion. Feminist critiques of science have uncovered the ideological biases in scientific discourse and also begun reforming and reinventing disciplinary canons. Many such critiques have been developed in the West; the significance of the Indian contribution to this debate is that it offers a different perspective, drawing upon the experience of how science and technology has impacted the lives of Indian women, their work and their bodies.
The contributors, from different disciplinary locations in the social sciences, the humanities and the natural sciences, raise a variety of issues in science criticism, presenting feminist positions in fields including health, pedagogy, livelihood and sexuality. The two volumes offer a pioneering and valuable contribution to science studies and women's studies in India.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: January, 2015

ISBN Code: 978-93-81345-07-8

Pages: 348

Bengal Marxism: Early Discourses and Debates

Cultural Studies / History / Politics and Political Theory / Sociology

Bengal Marxism: Early Discourses and Debates

By: Anuradha Roy

The Bolshevik Revolution introduced Marxism to Bengali intellectuals who
lost an opportunity to build it up theoretically. The book critically examines
their writings on Marxism, referring to wide-ranging sources in Bengali, not
hitherto availabl...

The Bolshevik Revolution introduced Marxism to Bengali intellectuals who
lost an opportunity to build it up theoretically. The book critically examines
their writings on Marxism, referring to wide-ranging sources in Bengali, not
hitherto available in other books on Marxism. The Bengali Marxists wrote
on Marxian theory and were greatly excited by Marxian aesthetic debates
from the 1930s, privileging art and literature over political struggles, which
perhaps explain its failure as a practice.

Published by: Samya

Publication Date: 2014

ISBN Code: 978-93-81345-02-3

Price: Rs 600.00

Pages: 228

Gender and Caste Hierarchy in Colonial Bengal: Inter-caste Interventions of Ideal Womanhood

Gender Studies

Gender and Caste Hierarchy in Colonial Bengal: Inter-caste Interventions of Ideal Womanhood

By: Deboshruti Roychowdhury

This book breaks new ground in perceiving the interrelations among class, caste, religious and gender identities to grasp the complex notion of ideal womanhood in the nineteenth century. In her careful discussion on caste and gender, the author reve...

This book breaks new ground in perceiving the interrelations among class, caste, religious and gender identities to grasp the complex notion of ideal womanhood in the nineteenth century. In her careful discussion on caste and gender, the author reveals the strategically veiled relationships between caste and women, ‘within which women of all strata were arguably locked’. Questioning the pre-modern and ‘traditional’ perceptions of Indian societies in which the members of society are generally characterized as unreasoning followers of ideologies, this book analyses the different historical forces that have shaped the notion of ideal womanhood and gendered social relations in a constantly shifting caste-based social order.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: February, 2014

ISBN Code: 978-93-81345-05-4

Price: Rs 600.00

Mapping The Field: Gender Relations In Contemporary India vol 2

Gender Studies

Mapping The Field: Gender Relations In Contemporary India vol 2

Edited by: Nirmala Banerjee, Samita Sen and Nandita Dhawan

Together with its companion volume 1, this is the first Reader of the four
prepared for students of women’s studies, particularly for Masters’ level
courses, and more generally, across undergraduate and certificate courses as the concept of ‘gende...

Together with its companion volume 1, this is the first Reader of the four
prepared for students of women’s studies, particularly for Masters’ level
courses, and more generally, across undergraduate and certificate courses as the concept of ‘gender’ has been introduced at all levels of curricula.Volume 2 comprises insightful essays by Kumkum Sangari, Flavia Agnes,
Archana Parashar, Anupama Rao, Nivedita Menon, Janaki Nair and Sumi
Krishna. Students will find in the two volumes problems and contexts,
theoretical and historical analyses, as well as comprehensive surveys of
specialized fields.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: 2013

ISBN Code: 978-93-81345-00-9/96

Price: Rs 475.00

Pages: 376

Women Contesting Culture:Changing Frames of Gender Politics in India

Cultural Studies / Gender Studies

Women Contesting Culture:Changing Frames of Gender Politics in India

Edited by: Kavita Panjabi and Paromita Chakravarti

Culture is both a constraint and ‘an enabling context through which women express themselves’, the editors point out, emphasizing that those relegated to the margins by patriarchy’, the Bahujans––the masses––and women had their contributions ‘invisi...

Culture is both a constraint and ‘an enabling context through which women express themselves’, the editors point out, emphasizing that those relegated to the margins by patriarchy’, the Bahujans––the masses––and women had their contributions ‘invisiblized’. Yet women ‘re-worked the culture-domesticity space reserved for them . . . and some also extended the norms of the home into the public sphere.’ In this anthology, the editors grapple with the dialectical nature of culture, ‘particularly how its dichotomies become most evident in its gendered and gendering manifestations, through everyday material and aesthetic practices’.
The anthology is divided into six parts: Part 1 Cultural Expressions; Part II Institutions, Canons, and Feminist Cultures; Part III Sexuality and Body Cultures; Part Iv Political Cultures and the Culture of Politics; Part V Theoretical and Methodological Approaches; and Part VI Bibliographical Essay.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: May, 2012

ISBN Code: 978-81-906760-8-3

Price: Rs 500.00

Pages: 381

Unstable Populations, Anxious States: Mixed and Massive Flows in South Asia

Cultural Studies / Gender Studies / History / Sociology

Unstable Populations, Anxious States: Mixed and Massive Flows in South Asia

Edited by: Paula Banerjee

In South Asia, political liberation resulted in the partition of states, leading to huge flows of refugees who faced horrific, indescribable violence. In addition there are the internally displaced people (IDPs), religious and ethnic minorities, ind...

In South Asia, political liberation resulted in the partition of states, leading to huge flows of refugees who faced horrific, indescribable violence. In addition there are the internally displaced people (IDPs), religious and ethnic minorities, indigenous people, dalits and the urban poor who get displaced many times over.
Persecution and discrimination occur together. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) responded with a Ten-Point Plan of Action for Refugee Protection and Mixed Migration. This was the focus of a two-day dialogue on ‘Protection Strategies in South Asia’ organized by Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG), resulting in this comprehensive collection, compiled by social scientists, media analysts and activists. It offers an analysis of the principles of protection, their inadequate implementation; the disparity between economic growth and human development indices that leads to massive human flows: refugees, IDPs or economic migrants.

Published by: Samya

Publication Date: January, 2013

ISBN Code: 978-93-81345-06-1

Price: Rs 575.00

Pages: 368

Sketches by Hootum the Owl: A Satirist's View of Colonial Calcutta

Cultural Studies / History / Politics / Sociology

Sketches by Hootum the Owl: A Satirist's View of Colonial Calcutta

By: Hootum (Kali Prasanna Sinha). Translated and with a critical introduction by Chitralekha Basu. Foreword by Amit Chaudhuri

Calcutta’s extraordinary ability to be obsessed with itself, the marvellous tension between its cosmopolitan features and inherent provincial character that contemporary writers find engaging, were probably explored for the first time in Hootum Pyan...

Calcutta’s extraordinary ability to be obsessed with itself, the marvellous tension between its cosmopolitan features and inherent provincial character that contemporary writers find engaging, were probably explored for the first time in Hootum Pyanchar Noksha (literally, Sketches by Hootum). This book, primarily a series of lampoons on the manners and morals of its citizens, cutting across all classes, was written by Kali Prasanna Sinha between 1861 and 1868. Sinha uses comedy and scatology as agents of subversion: The potpourri of street lingo and Calcutta cockney, peppered with Sanskrit, Urdu and English, Hootum's language is an anachronistic milestone in the time of Victorian sensibilities that no one has dared emulate.
Urban Tales presents the rise of a new social class. An uncensored portrait of its sleazy backstreets and vibrant inner courtyards that excite, entice and also threaten their occupants.

Published by: Samya

Publication Date: September, 2012

Translated from: Hootum Pyanchar Noksha Translated from Bengali by Chitralekha Basu.

ISBN Code: 978-81-85604-86-2

Price: Rs 800.00

Untouchable God: A Novel on Caste and Race

Fiction

Untouchable God: A Novel on Caste and Race

By: Kancha Ilaiah

This witty, tongue-in-cheek novel laughs at the foibles and hypocrisies of Brahmins and upper castes across (as the erstwhile untouchables prefer to be called today). A group of important men get together to celebrate the death of an untouchable for...

This witty, tongue-in-cheek novel laughs at the foibles and hypocrisies of Brahmins and upper castes across (as the erstwhile untouchables prefer to be called today). A group of important men get together to celebrate the death of an untouchable for the alleged crime of thinking about God , which they have ‘arranged’, because they see themselves as the guardians of the right way of living, namely, upholding the caste system. Thinking about God might lead to thoughts of equality and then all hell breaks loose.
These six men represent the remarkable Brahmins of India. Rich with moments of wry humour and insight, the novel rips off the liberals’ denial of crime when it concerns caste. Taking a deeply human stance and written by one of the most respected commentators on caste issues in India today, Ilaiah presents a view from below, of the sorrows and the trials of the weak, a part of the fabric of India itself, with a deceptive lightness that is devastating.

Published by: Samya

Publication Date: 2012

ISBN Code: 978-81-85604-33-6

Price: Rs 250.00

Pages: 175

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