The Power of Gender and the Gender of Power

Hardcover | September 1, 2010

EditorKumkum Roy

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This volume examines the ways in which relations of power were conceptualized in early India and shows how gender was envisaged in this conceptualization. Arranged chronologically, the essays are grouped into two sections. The first focuses on a gendered analysis of institutions and processes,ranging from the household to urbanism and renunciatory traditions-areas which are critical for an understanding of early Indian history. The second section highlights strategies of textual analysis. It shows how most socio-religious texts are gendered in overt and covert ways. Produced by and forelite consumption, they were structured by prevailing notions and conceptions of power. Concentrating on the post-Vedic phase, the essays in this collection are richly grounded in Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Pali sources, including texts and inscriptions. This collection will be of especial interest to scholars and students of early Indian history and gender studies.

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This volume examines the ways in which relations of power were conceptualized in early India and shows how gender was envisaged in this conceptualization. Arranged chronologically, the essays are grouped into two sections. The first focuses on a gendered analysis of institutions and processes,ranging from the household to urbanism and ...

Kumkum Roy is Professor of Ancient India History, Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionSection I: Towards Histories of Gender Relations1. Of Theras and Theris: Visions of Liberation in the Early Buddhist Tradition2. Women and Men Donors at Sanchi: A Study of the Inscriptional Evidence3. The Other Ksetra-Some Aspects of Procreation and Peasantization in North India (c. 2nd Century BC to c. 2nd Century AD)4. Defining the Household: Some Aspects of Prescription and Practice in Early India5. Engendering the Urban World: An Investigation of Early Indian Textual Traditions6. Re-Presenting the Courtesenal Tradition: An Exploitation of Early Historical Texts7. Representation of Gender Relations in Early India: Exploring the Plays of K?lid?sa8. Turbulent Waves: Constructions of Gender Relations in the Rajatarangini of Kalhana9. The Politics of Reproduction in Early India10. Gender Relations During the First Millennium: An OverviewSection II: Interrogating Textual Traditions11. Marriage as Communication: An Exploration of Norms and Narratives in Early India12. Legitimation and the Brahmanical Tradition: The Upanayana and the Brahmacarya In the Dharma Sutras13. Invoking Authority: Investigating the Sastras14. Searching for Humanity: The Case of the Manusmrti15. The King's Household: Structure/Space in the Sastric tradition16. Spatial Expressions of Socio-Political Relations: an Investigation of the Palace and Stupa in Early Historical India17. Justice in the Jatakas18. Domesticating the King: The Royal Household in Early North India19. Unravelling the Kamasutra20. The Making of a Mandala: Fuzzy Frontiers of Kalhana's Kashmir21. The Artful Biographer - Sandhyakaranandins' RamacaritamIndex