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Gender, Culture, Representation: Feminist Cultural Studies in India

Cultural Studies / Gender Studies / Sociology

Gender, Culture, Representation: Feminist Cultural Studies in India

By: Shoba Venkatesh Ghosh and Shilpa Phadke

Edited by: Maithreyi Krishnaraj

How do we read culture so that we see its place in our lives, liberating, influencing and oppressing us? In this the authors use a gender lens to discuss what cultural studies is all about. Among the many aspects considered by Ghosh and Phadke are p...

How do we read culture so that we see its place in our lives, liberating, influencing and oppressing us? In this the authors use a gender lens to discuss what cultural studies is all about. Among the many aspects considered by Ghosh and Phadke are public and private spheres, new spaces of consumption such as malls and coffee shops; the globalization of health, fitness and the body beautiful. Is there kind of agency that could be perceived here? This book forms a part of the Theorizing Feminism series edited by Maithreyi Krishnaraj, ans examines issues of women and fundamentalism, women and tradition and modernity.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: July, 2014

ISBN Code: 978-93-81345-04-7

Price: Rs 300.00

Pages: 250

The Delta

Cultural Studies / Fiction / Gender Studies / Literature / Women's Writing in Translation

The Delta

By: Sabitri Roy. Translated by Adrita Mukherjee.

Set in turbulent post-Partition Bengal, Sabitri Roy's epic novel Bawdwip, translated into english for the first time, tells a story of a community which, uprooted ruthlessly from its homeland, fights resolutely to forge a new life in an alien land....

Set in turbulent post-Partition Bengal, Sabitri Roy's epic novel Bawdwip, translated into english for the first time, tells a story of a community which, uprooted ruthlessly from its homeland, fights resolutely to forge a new life in an alien land. It centres on idealistic Dhiman and his family, tracing the journey of Dhiman's son Jishu from the innocence of childhood to the passions of youth, ignited by communist ideals and illuminated by love. In her powerful style, Sabitri Roy paints the student and labour movements of the 1950s, the communal tensions, and the struggles of a displaced community.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: 2015

Translated from: from Bengali to English

ISBN Code: 978-93-81345-14-6

Price: Rs 350.00

Pages: 350

The Dalit Lekhika: Poems and Short Stories by Bengali Dalit Women

Cultural Studies / Dalit Studies / Gender Studies / Literature / Women's Writing in Translation

The Dalit Lekhika: Poems and Short Stories by Bengali Dalit Women

Edited by: Kalyani Thakur Charal and others

It is rare to have Bengali Dalit women's writings presented in an English translation. Among the contributors are poets Shyamali Ray, Kanika Sarkar, Shimli Hawladar, Shefali Debbarma, Pratima Sarkar, Bibha Biswas, Sujata Biswas, Lily Haldar, Smritik...

It is rare to have Bengali Dalit women's writings presented in an English translation. Among the contributors are poets Shyamali Ray, Kanika Sarkar, Shimli Hawladar, Shefali Debbarma, Pratima Sarkar, Bibha Biswas, Sujata Biswas, Lily Haldar, Smritikana Haladar and Kalyani Thakur Charal.
Contributors of short stories are Saptadwipa Adhikar, Manju Bala, Mita Das, Kalyani Thakur Charal, Jaya Giala, Ratna Ray, Alokananda Ray, Kanan Boral, Ranu Biswas and Sanju Sikdar. This selection also serves as an introduction to the writers' struggle in fighting the exclusionary mainstream to find a space for themselves.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: 2014

Translated from: from Bengali to English

ISBN Code: 978-93-81345-13-9

Price: Rs 250.00

Pages: 150

Around the Pak Ghar - Between the Kitchen and the Loom: Exploring Assamese Cuisine and the Women's Role

Cultural Studies / Gender Studies / History / Sociology

Around the Pak Ghar - Between the Kitchen and the Loom: Exploring Assamese Cuisine and the Women's Role

Edited by: Assamese Women's Association

Projecting a remarkabe insight into Assam's cuisine and its rich history, this book offers an introduction to a vibrant culture. The ingredients used to reflect on the tribal practices of the region, its abundant resources, the various religious inf...

Projecting a remarkabe insight into Assam's cuisine and its rich history, this book offers an introduction to a vibrant culture. The ingredients used to reflect on the tribal practices of the region, its abundant resources, the various religious influences, Vaishavism as well as Buddhism, and the political incursions and consequent Mughal and colonial influences. The book highlights the simplicity of the cuisine, making each preparation distinctive in taste and purpose. What makes the authors endeavour remarkable is that this book not only presents the Assamese platter, but also explains the historical backdrop of the state and its influence on the cuisine, mentions the reason behind each preparation and the order in which it is served, offering a complete picture of the Assamese household, whose heart is the kitchen and the adjacent loom, both the responsibility of the women upon whom depended the well-being of the family.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: 2014

ISBN Code: 978-93-81345-11-5

Price: Rs 350.00

Pages: 150

Thinking about The Family: Essays from Andhra Pradesh

Environment / Gender Studies / Sociology

Thinking about The Family: Essays from Andhra Pradesh

Edited by: Vasanth Kannabiran and Kalpana Kannabiran

An institution of unsurpassed dominance that is a ‘site of identity, emotion,
cultural expression, care, despair, reproductive labour, systemic and
systematic violence and repression’, as described by one of the editors, the
family is the key in ...

An institution of unsurpassed dominance that is a ‘site of identity, emotion,
cultural expression, care, despair, reproductive labour, systemic and
systematic violence and repression’, as described by one of the editors, the
family is the key in gendering the subject and is critical to social life in India.
These incisive essays raise provocative questions: why has sociology
focused on heterosexism and been blind to other relationships? What does
individual hierarchy within the family imply? How is the Adivasi family
getting restructured? What are the particular reasons behind the vulnerability
of young women of Muslim families of Hyderabad? Other contributions
on cinema and literature bring into focus ideas of ‘modernity’ and changes
taking place within the family in Andhra Pradesh, making it a landmark
collection.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: July, 2014

ISBN Code: 978-93-81345-15-3

Price: Rs 450.00

Pages: 200

Women and Science: Critiques and Changing Perspectives in India, Vol 1

Gender Studies

Women and Science: Critiques and Changing Perspectives in India, Vol 1

Edited by: Sumi Krishna and Gita Chadha

Feminist science criticism has not only uncovered the ideological biases
present in scientific discourse but has also begun reforming and reinventing
disciplinary canons in science. While many feminist critiques of science have
been developed fro...

Feminist science criticism has not only uncovered the ideological biases
present in scientific discourse but has also begun reforming and reinventing
disciplinary canons in science. While many feminist critiques of science have
been developed from locations in the West, the Indian contribution to this
debate has been important and offers a different perspective, drawing upon
the experience of how science and technology has impacted the lives and
bodies of Indian women as post-colonial subjects. 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 that seek to critique and transform science in fields
including health, pedagogy, livelihood and sexuality.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: March, 2014

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

Pages: 400

Thinking Women: A Feminist Reader

Contemporary Issues / Cultural Studies / Gender Studies / History / Sociology

Thinking Women: A Feminist Reader

Edited by: Navaneetha Mokkil and Shefali Jha

This reader attempts to see the workings of gender in day-to-day lives. The selection of material is wide ranging in terms of form and content, including creative writings in English and translations from other Indian languages, autobiographical nar...

This reader attempts to see the workings of gender in day-to-day lives. The selection of material is wide ranging in terms of form and content, including creative writings in English and translations from other Indian languages, autobiographical narratives, newspaper articles, theoretical pieces, and a selection of visual material like advertisements and cartoons. The editors have been propelled by a constant attempt to foreground differences and to see how vectors like caste, class, sexuality and religion complicate one's experiences of gender, which open up issues for discussion, and make available different perspectives without offering any neat resolutions. The Reader juxtaposes different voices in such a way that it undermines the subject position of the middle class/upper caste Indian woman.
The larger aim of the book is to engender a different way of reading itself, to provide the readers with tools to conceptualize their ordinary experiences. Foreword authored by Susie Tharu.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: 2014

ISBN Code: 978-81-906760-0-7

Price: Rs 550.00

Pages: 350

Voices And Verses of The Talking Stars: Women in Indian Cinema and Beyond

Gender Studies

Voices And Verses of The Talking Stars: Women in Indian Cinema and Beyond

Edited by: Madhuja Mukherjee

Madhuja Mukherjee considers the studio era of cinema in Bengal (the first
half of the twentieth century), contributing to a feminist historiography for
films. This was when New Theatres, founded by Birendra Nath Sircar, was
waging cultural politi...

Madhuja Mukherjee considers the studio era of cinema in Bengal (the first
half of the twentieth century), contributing to a feminist historiography for
films. This was when New Theatres, founded by Birendra Nath Sircar, was
waging cultural politics against commercial cinema. Mukherjee interrogates
existing frameworks of film history, culture and politics at a time when the
economy of cinema was being institutionalized, by looking at articles and
interviews in popular Bengali and English journals on the cinema, and essays
and autobiographies written by women actors. A career in films for women
was not seen favourably, as reflected in the letters by Ratan Bai to New
Theatres where she emphasizes emphatically that it was her talent and not
where she came from that mattered.
Accompanied by many black and white photographs, Mukherjee analyses
the role and place of women in a burgeoning industry.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: May, 2014

ISBN Code: 978-93-81345-03-0

Price: Rs 500.00

Pages: 250

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

Pages: 300

Selfing the City: Women Migrants and Their Lives in Calcutta

Contemporary Issues / Cultural Studies / Gender Studies / History / Sociology

Selfing the City: Women Migrants and Their Lives in Calcutta

By: Ipshita Chanda

The author talks of the pull the city exerts on young women. A youthful migrant herself, she has recorded and analysed the results of a survey of the ways in which single women who come to Calcutta from smaller cities and villages experience the met...

The author talks of the pull the city exerts on young women. A youthful migrant herself, she has recorded and analysed the results of a survey of the ways in which single women who come to Calcutta from smaller cities and villages experience the metropolis. She delves into their negotiations with the urban, urbanization and their relation with the women’s movement and feminism. The city, the spatial and cultural location of these negotiations, is itself a character in this survey, ‘almost as much a respondent as the women’.
How do discourses and activities related to feminism and the women’s movement impact upon the actual lives of women as they conceptualize relationships and conduct their lives in and across spaces designated as ‘private’ and ‘public’? This question forms the core of the book and provides its theoretical frame.
An unusual thoughtful book on the way India and women of all classes are changing and finding the city conducive, or not, to change and negotiation.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: 2014

ISBN Code: 978-81-960760-4-5

Price: Rs 650.00

Pages: 300

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