Women in the Indian National Movement: Unseen Faces and Unheard Voices, 1930-42

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SAGE Publications, Mar 9, 2006 - Social Science - 304 pages

This book, significantly, focuses on the nationalist participation of ordinary middle-class women in India s freedom movement, especially in the United Provinces (modern Uttar Pradesh). To construct the nationalist narrative of unheard voices, the author goes beyond conventional sources of history such as official and archival records. Instead, she employs a diverse range of materials-including oral narratives, poetry, cartoons, vernacular magazines, and private correspondence-in order to let these women speak for themselves.

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Suruchi Thapar-Björkert is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Bristol, UK, and Visiting Research Fellow at Tema Ethnicitet, Linköping University, Sweden. She has previously held teaching and research positions at the Development Studies and Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests lie in three specific areas: gendered discourses of colonialism and nationalism; gendered violence in India and the UK; and qualitative research methodologies. Suruchi has published widely in refereed journals including Feminist Review, Women’s Studies International Forum, Journal of Gender Studies, Women’s History Review, International Journal of Social Research Methodology and Oral History Journal. She has made several media presentations to Radio Feminist ATTAC, BBC Radio Bristol and BBC World.

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