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By Anindita Ghosh

ISBN-10: 0230583679

ISBN-13: 9780230583672

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This booklet re-examines 'everyday resistance', gender and tool throughout the lens of women's studies in colonial South Asia. relocating clear of expert and striking figures and drawing on various unconventional sources, it finds a story of deep and enduring resistance provided through much less awesome girls of their day-by-day lives.

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Beck, and N. Keddi (eds), Women in the Muslim World (Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 1978), pp. 439–49; H. Papanek and G. Minault (eds), Separate Worlds: Studies of Purdah in South Asia (Delhi: Chanakya Publications, 1982); Neera Desai, ‘From Articulation to Accommodation: The Women’s Movement in India’, in L. ), Visibility and Invisibility of Women (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986), pp. 287–99; Meredith Borthwick, Changing Role of Women in Bengal (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984).

The shift in focus which now emphasized the subjecthood and agency of women launched a whole new series of works, some of which have been extremely valuable contributions to the subject of Indian gender and women’s history. Looking at women’s lifestyle as resistance was an astoundingly original method inaugurated by Veena Talwar Oldenberg,7 who applied it to subaltern classes 5 For an excellent revisionist work on subaltern resistance as applied to Indian peasantry, see David Hardiman, Feeding the Baniya: Peasants and Usurers in Western India (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000).

Without necessarily labelling them ‘everyday forms of resistance’, yet locating them in everyday social relations, anthropological and historical works have analysed the subcultures of women’s protest which have included acts such as South East Asia (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979), and Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985). In his most recent statement on everyday resistance Scott has extended peasant behaviours to other sections of society and provides a more sophisticated theoretical framework of the official or elite domination termed as ‘public transcript’ and the routine nibbling away of power by the underclass as ‘hidden transcript’.

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