The Changing Status of Women in West Bengal, 1970-2000: The Challenge Ahead

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Jasodhara Bagchi
SAGE Publications India, Jan 7, 2005 - Social Science - 263 pages
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This important and comprehensive volume vividly depicts the current status of women and girls in West Bengal. The analysis has been conducted in the framework of the socio-economic and politico-cultural ambience that has characterized the state in recent decades. The contributors highlight both areas of strength and vulnerability and clearly demonstrate that the status of women cannot be conceived as monolithic or static—it has many facets and is in a state of constant flux. The analysis of macro data is supported by revealing micro studies based on field surveys and an examination of cultural trends.
 

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Contents

Foreword
11
Acknowledgements
12
Introduction
14
Demography
21
Health and Nutrition
34
Education
49
Economic Empowerment
71
Political Participation
81
Appendix B
148
Appendix C
159
Appendix D
173
Appendix E
181
Appendix F
186
Appendix G
193
Policy Recommendations
243
Select Bibliography
250

Culture
96
Law and Violence against Women
111
Tribal Women
130
Appendix A
145
Index
259
About Editor and Contributors
264
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Jasodhara Bagchi was an independent scholar, formerly Chairperson of the West Bengal Commission for Women and Director, School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University; also Professor of English, Jadavpur University; considered to be a pioneering scholar of women’s studies. Among her books with Stree: Loved and Unloved: The Girl Child in the Family (1997); with Subhoranjan Dasgupta, The Trauma and the Triumph: Gender and Partition in the Easter Region, 2 vols (2006, 2009); Karmakshetre Jouno Henasthar Mokabilye Ain Byabohaer Nirdeshika (How to handle sexual harassment in the workplace); with SAGE: Changing Status of Women in West Bengal, 1970–2000: The Challenges Ahead, 2005.

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