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Matriliny and Women's Status

Matriliny Transformed: Family, Law and Ideology in Twentieth Century Travancore by K Saradamoni; Sage Publications India, New Delhi and AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek, 1999; pp 177, map, index; Rs 32.5

Doing Kinship and Gender

The work of an anthropologist has a history. This narrative by one of India's foremost sociologist-anthropologists seeks to locate some of her major works, in the form of autobiographical vignettes tracing her work from the 1950s to more recent years, marked by an increasing focus on issues of gender.

Women s Land Rights through Tables

relevant to point out that in India the Report of the Committee of state Finance Ministers on Sales Tax Reform (April 1995) has strongly felt that 'rate wars' among the states in the form of competitive rate reductions should be put to an end as early as possible [NIPFP 1995).

On the Construction of Gender

What are the mechanisms through which women acquire the cultural ideas and values which shape their images of themselves and inform the visions they have of the future? What are the processes by which women are produced as gendered subjects in the patrilineal, patrivirilocal milieu of Indian society? This article examines the process of socialisation of Hindu girls through rituals and ceremonies, the use of language, and practices within and in relation to the family.

Amniocentesis Debate Continued

Amniocentesis Debate Continued Leela Dube IN "Amniocentesis Again" (EPW, June 11) Dharma Kumar has commented that I have not given references in suppot of my observations regarding the absence of marked boy preference in most countries of Southeast Asia and my specific mention of Indonesia in this connection. I left them out for two reasons. First, a brief rejoinder did not seem to call for heavy scholarly documentation. Second, T thought that what I wrote of was fairly well known among social scientists, especially anthropologists and sociologists.

Misadventures in Amniocentesis

over the years, it had an incidence of as little as 15 per cent in 1961. 6 In "Status of Women", p 24, it is noted that, among some Scheduled castes and tribes of Uttar Pradesh, debts incurred for bride- price payment were reported to be sometimes cleared by sending wives for prostitution. It would be interesting to know in these cases what was the particular reason for the leak from the circulating fund.

Indian Muslims Myth of Monolithism

Indian Muslims: Myth of Monolithism Leela Dube Family, Kinship and Marriage among Muslims in India ed by Imtiaz Ahmad; Manohar, Delhi. THIS volume is the second in a series planned by Imtiaz Ahmad aimed at consolidating the much needed sociological understanding of the Indian Muslims
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