Doing Gender, Doing Geography: Emerging Research in India

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-04-13
  • Publisher: Routledge India

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Until the 1970s gender had been invisible in analyses of social space and place in the androcentric discipline of geography. While recent contributions to feminist geography have challenged this, in India the engagement of geographers with gender, by being conservative in its choice of focus and orthodox in methodology, has been unable to destabilise the established disciplinary order.However, with younger scholars becoming increasingly interested in studying gender in geography, novel and innovative methods that include combinations of quantitative and qualitative analyses, visual sources and in-depth case studies are being tried out and accepted in geography despite its masculine legacy.This pioneering study brings together Indian geographers' contributions to understanding gender, and through them, seeks to enrich the discipline of geography. It engages with the recent 'spatial turn' in the social sciences, which has reclaimed the explanatory power of space and place in social theory that had been nearly lost to deconstructive postmodernist scholarship. The volume draws entirely from the Indian scholarship, showcasing contextualised knowledge production, but hopes to initiate a a dialogue with scholars elsewhere working with feminist methodologies.

Author Biography

Saraswati Raju is Professor of Social Geography, Centre for the Stud) of Regional Development (CSRD), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt is Fellow at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University.

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures and Mapsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Engendering the Androcentric Discipline of Geography and Claiming a Place: Revisiting the (Un)familiarp. 12
'Doing Gender' in Geography: Exploring Contemporary Feminist Methodologiesp. 45
World of Work
Mobilities and Spaces: Gendered Dimension of Migration in Urban Indiap. 87
Creating New 'Places': Women and Livelihoods in the Globalising Town of Burdwan, West Bengalp. 108
Gender, Poverty and Microfinance: Interrogating Women's SHGs in West Bengalp. 129
Interrogating Temporal and Spatial Negotiations: Home as the Gendered Site for Working Women in Delhip. 155
Reproduction, Survival and Care
Expanding Masculine Spaces: Planned Births and Sex Composition of Children in Indiap. 179
Neighbourhoods and Narratives: Contextualising Gender and Child Health in Lucknow City, Uttar Pradeshp. 197
Domestic and Public Spaces
Unequal They Stand: Decision-making and Gendered Spaces within Familyp. 229
Public Spaces and Everyday Lives: Gendered Encounters in the Metro City of Kolkatap. 248
Bibliographyp. 268
Notes on Editorsp. 306
Notes on Contributorsp. 308
Indexp. 312
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