Motherhood in India: Glorification Without Empowerment? Maithreyi Krishnaraj

ISBN: 9780415544566

Published: November 1st 2009

Hardcover

359 pages


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Motherhood in India: Glorification Without Empowerment?  by  Maithreyi Krishnaraj

Motherhood in India: Glorification Without Empowerment? by Maithreyi Krishnaraj
November 1st 2009 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 359 pages | ISBN: 9780415544566 | 3.58 Mb

This book presents an overview of the varied experiences and representations of motherhood in India from ancient to modern times. The thrust of the arguments made by the various contributors is that the centrality of motherhood as an ideology in aMoreThis book presents an overview of the varied experiences and representations of motherhood in India from ancient to modern times. The thrust of the arguments made by the various contributors is that the centrality of motherhood as an ideology in a woman s life is manufactured.

This is demonstrated by analysing various institutional structures of society language, religion, media, law and technology.The articles in this book are chronologically arranged, tracing the different stages that motherhood as a concept has traversed in India from goddess worship to nationalism, to being a vehicle of reproduction of the sexual division of labour and the inheritance of property via the male-line. Underlying these stages are the dialectics between them that have been facilitated by agents such as the state the ultimate controller of a woman s reproductive powers.

The feminist critique of essentialising the role of a woman has been employed to deconstruct and humanise the experiences and lives of mothers.This anthology therefore attempts to initiate a meaningful and sensitive engagement with issues pertaining to a woman s autonomy over her body and her role also as a mother.



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