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Emergence of the Women's Question in India and the Role of Women's Studies

Vina Mazumdar ()

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Abstract: The women’s question, like the untouchability question or the communal question, emerged during the national movement as a political question that had to be solved to give shape to the vision of a free Indian nation. It is my contention that this political aspect of women’s equality or inequality has never received adequate attention from historians or other social scientists - a neglect which has helped to perpetuate many ambiguities, mis-conceptions and under-valuation of this issue. The primary role of women’s studies in the contemporary period is to rectify this neglect and to generate both empirical data and theoretical perspectives to place the issue in its proper context.

Keywords: untouchability; communal question; national movement; historians; ambiguities; theoretical perspectives (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-09
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