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Unearthing Gender

Jassal, Smita Tewari:
Unearthing Gender : Folksongs of North India / Smita Tewari Jassal. - Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2012. - xv, 296 S. : Ill.
ISBN 978-0-8223-5119-1
US$ 89,95 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-8223-5130-6
US$ 24,95 (Paperback)
DDC: 782.42162914110542

Unearthing Gender is a compelling ethnographic analysis of folksongs sung primarily by lower-caste women in north India, in the fields, at weddings, during travels, and in other settings. Smita Tewari Jassal uses these songs to explore how ideas of caste, gender, sexuality, labor, and power may be strengthened, questioned, and fine-tuned through music. At the heart of the book is a library of songs, in their original Bhojpuri and in English translation, framed by Jassal's insights into the complexities of gender and power.
   The significance of these folksongs, Jassal argues, lies in their suggesting and hinting at themes, rather than directly addressing them: women sing what they often cannot talk about. Women's lives, their feelings, their relationships, and their social and familial bonds are persuasively presented in song. For the ethnographer, the songs offer an entry into the everyday cultures of marginalized groups of women who have rarely been the focus of systematic analytical inquiry. [Verlagsinformation]

Acknowledgments. xi
Note on Transliteration and Pronunciation. xvii
Introduction. The Unsung Sing. 1
1. The Daily Grind. 33
2. Singing Bargains. 71
3. Biyah/Biraha: Emotions in a Rite of Passage. 115
4. Sita's Trials. 155
5. When War is Marriage. 189
6. Taking Liberties. 219
Conclusion. Taking Liberties. 219
Notes. 261
Glossary. 271
Bibliography. 277
Index. 289

SMITA TEWARI JASSAL is Associate Professor Anthropology, Graduate School of Social Sciences at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. She is the author of Daughters of the Earth: Women and Land in Uttar Pradesh and is coauthor of The Partition Motif In Contemporary Conflicts: Germany, India-Pakistan, Israel-Palestine. Faculty page.

Quellen: Duke University Press; WorldCat; Amazon; Library of Congress
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