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Interrogating Motherhood
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Interrogating Motherhood

  • Jasodhara Bagchi - Former Chairperson, West Bengal Commission for Women, Kolkata


© 2017 | 140 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Explores the many insights of Indian and western feminists analyses of motherhood both as ideology and as practice.

Interrogating Motherhood, the fourth title in the Theorizing Feminism Series, reveals that an understanding of motherhood is vitally important to understanding Indian society. The ideas and practice of motherhood changed once India became a part of a global capitalist system.

The book analyses motherhood both as ideology and as practice, and the complexities between motherhood and mothering where the concepts are glorified but the women remain subordinate. It further explores Indian and western feminists’ insights, examines the significance of mother goddesses, discusses regulations on motherhood in the wake of nation-building, and reveals the vulnerability of motherhood to the coercion of invasive technology and pressures of patriarchy where a woman must not only be a mother but also the mother of a son.

 

 
A Note from the Series Editor Maithreyi Krishnaraj
 
Introduction
 
Feminist Debates on Motherhood
 
Motherhood and Patriarchy
 
Nationalism and Nation-Building
 
Reproductive Technology: Motherhood under Capitalist Patriarchy
 
Conclusion
 
Refrences
 
Index

…introduces the basic concepts of women’s studies, of understanding the world through a gender lens…

Samita Sen,
Professor, School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University

“…introduces the basic concepts of women’s studies, of understanding the world through a gender lens…” 

Samita Sen,
Professor, School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University

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ISBN: 9789381345177
£14.99