New Lamps for Old?: Gender Paradoxes of Political Decentralisation in Kerala

By: Binita V. Thampi & J. Devika (Authors)

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Based on large number of interviews with women politicians of many generations and women who have entered the three-tier Panchyati Raj institutions since the mid ? 1990s in Kerala, this book tries to initiate fresh debate on the impact of the large-scale induction of women into the institutions of local self-government in India. The state of Kerala has been hailed as a success story in accommodating gender concerns in local level planning and political decentralization; this conclusion has been based on relatively simple evaluative exercises that ask whether women of diverse backgrounds have gained entry into formal institutions of governance or not. This book seeks to place political decentralization and its possibilities for women within its historical and contemporary contexts. Against the popular assumption that the liberal feminist promise made by the State will be delivered, say, once the noxious influence of male relatives is removed, the book points to the multiple social forces that shape possibilities and hindrances for women, and reshape gender divisions in the political field. The book thus pays attention to women in both local governance and politics. Secondly, it examines how women have utilized, extended, and survived within or subverted these spaces. At a time when there is a move to reserve fifty per cent of the seats at the local level for women and there is, simultaneously, considerable skepticism about reservations for women in Parliament, this book offers reflections on both local governance and high politics. Printed Pages: 288.

Title: New Lamps for Old?: Gender Paradoxes of Political Decentralisation in Kerala

Author Name: Binita V. Thampi & J. Devika (Authors)

Categories: India, Sociology,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Zubaan/Atlantic Publishers & Distributors Pvt. Ltd.: 2012

ISBN: 9789381017180

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 109519

Keywords: New Lamps for Old?: Gender Paradoxes of Political Decentralisation in Kerala Binita V. Thampi & J. Devika (Authors)