£70.00 | $125.95
10 September 2009
216mm x 138mm
Gender and Sexuality
Asia, Development, Gender and Sexuality
Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice
Edited by Dr Tamsin Bradley, Dr Emma Tomalin and Dr Mangala Subramaniam
The concept of a Dowry, whilst known throughout the world, is one which is much misunderstood and often regarded as synonymous with acts of violence against women. This exciting new volume seeks to debunk the overly simplistic conceptions of Dowry that are produced by a lack of understanding of this cultural practice. Taking a variety of theoretical and active approaches, this work successfully bridges the gap between today's prevailing theory and practice, whilst enshrining the centrality of South Asian women's own experiences as a starting point to any discussion. Through advocating the use of collective processes to liberate women, this book empowers women to be the agents of change as opposed to merely victims.
Bringing a unique diversity of perspectives from leading academics and activists, this book opens up the term 'Dowry' to undertake a study of its role in various communities across the world from the practice of 'mehr' amongst Muslim societies, the role of the dowry in Bangladesh, and its position in the wider diasporic populations globally. The groundbreaking, multidisciplinary book is essential reading for students, policymakers, practitioners and activists alike.
'This book sets a new standard and horizon for dowry research as a project of international collaboration. Its informative chapters are full of new insights, helpful analyses and impressive explanations and understanding of a widespread social practice which has disempowered women for so long.' - Ursula King, Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies, University of London
'Thought-provoking and engaging' - The Hindu
'Raises several pertinent points but also answers many nibbling queries.' - The Tribune
It is impossible to do justice to this excellent and very informative book ... the lucid language, absence of academic jargon, and
nuanced presentation that characterise the volume make it useful for scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and others interested in the region. The authors have
succeeded admirably in introducing the reader to the complexities of dowry. Anna Lindberg, Director of the Swedish South Asian Studies Network, Lund University
Table of Contents
List of tables - Preface
Introduction - Tamsin Bradley; Mangala Subramaniam, and Emma Tomlin
Section One: Conceptualising Dowry
1.Theorising Dowry: interdisciplinary concepts and methods for approaching the study of dowry - Emma Tomalin
2. The Dowry Project: past, present and future - Tamsin Bradley
Section Two: The Changing Patterns of Dowry
3. Mahr or Dowry? Marriage payments among South India Muslims - Anna Lindberg
4. Dowry in Rural Bangladesh: An Intractable problem? - Santi Rozarios
5. Gender, Generation and Globalisation: Male attitudes to dowry in a time of rapid social change - Kate Jehan
6. Trends and Patterns in Dowry Transactions: evidence from North and South India - Sonia Dalmia and Pareena Lawrence.
7. Marriage and Dowry among Muslim South Asian Immigrants in the U.S. - Farha Ternikar
Section Three: Activism: Challenges to Dowry
8. Dowry among Dalits: the case from rural Karnataka - Mangala Subramaniam
9. Getting beyond the Statistics: the changing face of dowry - Rajni Palriwala
10. Legacies of the Dowry Prohibition Act in India: marriage practices and feminist discourses - Srimati Basu
11. Dowry and Transnational Activism - Mangala Subramaniam, Karen Remedios, and Debarashmi Mitra
Conclusion - Tamsin Bradley; Mangala Subramaniam, and Emma Tomlin
About the Authors:
Tamsin Bradley is ESRC Research Fellow, London Metropolitan University. Emma Tomalin is Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Leeds. Magala Subramaniam is Associate Professor of Sociology, Purdue University, USA.
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