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Interrogating Motherhood, the fourth title in the Theorizing Feminism Series, reveals that an understanding of motherhood is vitally important to understanding Indian society. The ideas and practice of motherhood changed once India became a part of a global capitalist system; from the colonial period to present-day market-driven globalization.
Analyses the complexities between motherhood and mothering (where the concepts are glorified but the women remain subordinate). This book explores Indian and Western feminists insights; examines the significance of mother goddesses; discusses regulations on motherhood in the wake of nation-building; and reveals the vulnerability of motherhood to the coercion of invasive technology and pressures of patriarchy where a woman must not only be a mother but also the mother of a son.
About the Author
Jasodhara Bagchi is Emeritus Professor of Women s Studies at Jadavpur University, where she was also Professor of English until her retirement. She is former Chairperson of the West Bengal Commission for Women. Her focus areas of research include women s studies, women s writings, 19th century English and Bengali literature, the reception of Positivism in Bengal, motherhood, and the Partition of India. Her authored, edited, and co-edited books include Literature, Society, and Ideology in the Victorian Era (1992), Indian Women: Myth and Reality (1995), The Trauma and the Triumph: Gender and Partition in Eastern India (co-edited with Subhoranjan Dasgupta, 2003), and The Changing Status of Women in West Bengal 1970-2000: The Challenges Ahead (2005).
A Note from the Series Editor Maithreyi Krishnaraj
Feminist Debates on Motherhood
Motherhood and Patriarchy
Chapter 3 Nationalism and Nation-Building
Chapter 4 Reproductive Technology: Motherhood under Capitalist Patriarchy