Gender, Law, and Resistance in India

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Dezember 2001



In rural Rajasthan, patriarchal ideology is upheld and reinforced through male-governed social and legal institutions. This book tells how women defy that control through acts of "domestic warfare": theft, poisoning, affairs, flights home, threats to divide the joint household, sly acts of sabotage, and refusals to work, eat, or have sex.Erin Moore details the life of an extended Muslim family she has known for twenty years. In many ways the plight of the central character, Hunni, is representative of dilemmas experienced by the majority of north Indian peasant women who are deprived of equal rights before the law.An account of cultural hegemony and defiance, Moore's work reveals how so-called "modern" state institutions and practices reinforce traditional arrangements -- and how women resist patriarchy in overt and covert ways.


Erin Moore has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in India and Mexico, and practiced law at Evergreen Legal Services in Washington state and at the L.A. Center for Law and Justice. She is currently a research scholar in the anthropology department at the University of Southern California.
EAN: 9780816522385
ISBN: 0816522383
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2001
Seitenanzahl: 205 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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