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Death in Police Custody

We have watched with disgust and horror the brutal police assault on students during a peaceful demonstration organised by four Left students’ organisations on 2 April 2013 in Kolkata and the subsequent death of Sudipta Gupta, a participant in the demonstration, while in police custody. Sudipta was...

Remembering Leela Dube

Leela Dube's writings trace her own anthropological and personal journeys and also capture one history of the gendering of the social sciences in India, in particular of anthropology. Dube drew strength from the growing women's movements worldwide and the burgeoning scholarly literature to pull together her refl ections on kinship, marriage, motherhood, womanhood and gender relations.

Dispensing with Daughters: Technology, Society, Economy in North India

A study of the micro-level experiences of families in five districts, one each in five states, some of them with the lowest child sex ratios in the country, seeks to explain the complex causes behind the declining ratios by looking at gender and family strategies, shaped by social processes in the urban and rural areas.

Ethnographies of the State

Current sociological and social anthropological thinking now views the state as an object of ethnographic exploration. But can the state, a "macro subject", be explored by methods similar to that employed for the study of small-scale and bounded communities? A workshop in Delhi debated on the nature of the state as an entity that exists in and is also constantly created by society. It looked at aspects of representation and categories, through which the state seeks to define society and in turn, the latter's response to such bounded characterisation.

Unmasking Social Science

to invest in itself or to stabilise itself. Autonomy is surely not a sufficient condition for either stabilisation or development. But it is unarguably a necessary one and its absence can be crippling. When the colonist was in trouble, the colony, with a much weaker economy, was forced to share it. If the con- tract survived times of prosperity, it was parasitical in times of stress. Not only that, the last days of British rule saw the inertia being defended by London with ill-conccalcd aggression. 1930s India is a good example of what today will be called a particular case of 'government failure'. (It is not the only example. See, for another case study, references to Indonesia in the exploratory article by Angus Maddison, The Colonial Burden: A Comparative Perspective' in M Scott and D Lai, eds. Public Policy and Economic Development: Essays in Honour of Ian Little, Oxford, 1990.) The main weakness of the book is that the account of the depression as an economic event leaves some gaps. We mentioned earlier a heretical position in depression studies which seems to underrate the impact on parts of the developing world. Rothcr- mund repudiates them, but does not tackle these views very seriously. That, however, SINCE the early 1970s there has been a growing body of studies in "women and development'. The multi-faceted political radicalism of the 1960s had brought together strands in emerging women's movements and renewed critiques of dominant paradigms of economic development. Boserup's seminal inquiry and, in India, the Report of the Committee for the Status of Women laid the grounds for an explosion of empirical investigations as to what 'development' was doing to women, and why it was doing what it was. Indeed, in India, it was women and development' which initially created the space for women's studies/feminist studies. Much of the early analyses seemed to assume that the recognition of women as a subject matter of study, as a category forgotten by development programmes, would set the record and policies right. However, the initial euphoria dissipated as a result of both the apparently minimum effect on mainstream academia, planning bodies and bureaucracies, and dissatisfaction with the donor-driven directions women's studies was taking.

Transitory Residence and Invisible Work-Case Study of a Rajasthan Village

Case Study of a Rajasthan Village Rajni Palriwala Few studies have indicated that women's residence practice and the dimensions of this practice are in fact much more varied and complex than allowed for by accepted knowledge which focused on the rules as lived by men. This article examines the various aspects of women's residential practice and its implications for the valuation of women, of women's work and for the establishment and exercise of women's rights in their natal and conjugal homes.

Reaffirming the Anti-Dowry Struggle

MENTAL acrobatics may leave the writer and readers gasping
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