Negotiating Spaces: Legal Domains, Gender Concerns, and Community Constructs

By: Flavia Agnes & Shoba Venkatesh Ghosh (Eds)

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Laws protecting women are based on a belief that gender-sensitive statutory laws can protect women better than the laws based on community practices of patriarchal traditions. However, in India these two sets of laws constantly overlap. Though apparently in conflict, the statutory laws, which are deemed to be uniform and certain but also formal and alien, coexist alongside the pluralistic community practices which are fluid, ridden with internal contradictions but also accessible. This volume analyses the impact of such laws on women`s rights, and studies the interventionist role of courts. The essays explore the contradictions that Indian women face when it comes to choosing between the formal state laws and community-based laws. The volume raises an important question that if law is not the sole arbiter which determines women`s rights, what are the other locations with which we need to engage for the determination of these rights? Unless we view the composite whole of women`s lives, it is difficult for us to comprehend the way women negotiate their rights. The essays in this volume contextualize these negotiations in order to better understand how and why certain laws work for women, and the manner in which we can engage with the process of social transformation beyond the realm of legal norms and dictates. Printed Pages: 448.

Title: Negotiating Spaces: Legal Domains, Gender Concerns, and Community Constructs

Author Name: Flavia Agnes & Shoba Venkatesh Ghosh (Eds)

Categories: Law, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Oxford University Press: 2012

ISBN: 0198076630

ISBN 13: 9780198076636

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 108871

Keywords: Negotiating Spaces: Legal Domains, Gender Concerns, and Community ConstructsFlavia Agnes & Shoba Venkatesh Ghosh (Eds)