Nice feedback

from Press News, posted 03/01/2011 - 08:37

The arrival of new reviews of NIAS books is an everyday thing, though this doesn’t mean they are boring. There is always the frisson: shall our morning coffee be sweetened with praise or will the vented spleen of an irritated reviewer make the coffee undrinkable?

Every so often, however, we receive a personal communication from someone happy about one of our books. Today was one such day. Responding to Gender Politics in Asia, Dr Anindita Datta of the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, writes:

The book has been of immense relevance to me in my teaching and research. Gender politics in Asia has gone beyond the question of women’s participation in politics to probe deeply the manner in which Asian women subtly and yet quite effectively manoeuvre their way in male dominated societies. What is interesting and of significance is the way the essays bring out the use of traditional gender roles to grant agency in the political sphere. This is a theme I have been pursuing in my ongoing research too and find my points vindicated by the essays in the book. What was immediately appealing to me is the way the essays in the book foreground the diverse cultural contexts within which women negotiate. The editors resist the temptation to find and highlight Asian patterns choosing wisely instead to present the great variety of contexts within which women have been able to effectively strategise and influence power.

A recently added post graduate course that I have introduced in my department touches upon the question of indigenous feminisms, while another M.Phil course on Gender and Development I introduced about five years ago, includes the question of women’s participation in politics. I find the book especially relevant to these sections of the courses and also in my overall project of visibilising Asian feminisms. I heartily recommend the book to everybody researching gender questions in Asia and complement the editors for their insightful handling of the theme.

Well, of course we knew all of this. But it helps to be reminded every so often.


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