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Author Hancock, Mary Elizabeth.

Title Womanhood in the making : domestic ritual and public culture in urban South India / Mary Elizabeth Hancock.

Published Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.48894811 HANC    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 286 p. : ill. map ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-277) and index.
Contents Pt. 1. Introduction -- Prologue: Making and Unmaking the "Great Tradition" 1. Tradition, Modernity, and Their Gendered Places -- Pt. 2. Elite Cultures and Hybrid Modernities. 2. Brokering Culture for the Nation. 3. The Moral Etiquette of Everyday Hinduism -- Pt. 3. The World in the Home. 4. The Ritualization of Womanhood. 5. The Uncertain Subject(s) of Womanhood -- Pt. 4. The Home in the World. 6. Hinduism and the Spaces of Modernity. 7. Urban Places and Female Spaces. 8. Hindu Culture for an Indian Nation. 9. Tradition Revisited.
Summary In this book, Mary Hancock challenges readers to rethink the notions of tradition and modernity that have figured centrally in anthropological discussions of social change in South Asia. She shows tradition and modernity to be categories created, deployed, and objectified by Tamil Brahmans as they produce their own class, gender, national, and sectarian identities. Through case studies of women's religious practices, the book reveals how female subjectivities are invented and reworked through ritually mediated relations among women and between women and the powerful goddesses to whom they are devoted. This work will interest scholars and students of anthropology, history, cultural studies, women's studies, and religion.
Subject Women, Tamil -- Rites and ceremonies.
Women, Tamil -- Religion.
Women, Tamil -- Social conditions.
Urban women -- India -- Madras.
Women in Hinduism -- India -- Madras.
Sex role -- India -- Madras.
Spatial behavior -- India -- Madras.
Madras (India) -- Social life and customs.
Madras (India) -- Religious life and customs.
ISBN 0813335833 (hc. : alk. paper)