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Women's Quota and Local Democracy. Negotiating Gender Relations in North India
Reihe: Ethnologie / Anthropology
Bd. 53, 2014, 400 S., 50.90 EUR, 50.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-80163-0
A contribution to the anthropology of democracy, this book examines a local governance reform in India - focussing particularly on the 33% women's quota entailed. It highlights the interrelatedness of "doing gender" and "doing politics" and delineates the transformations of gendered political spaces and the shifting boundaries within which women of various castes and classes negotiate the meanings of politics. The book investigates the vernacularization of democracy and analyses local politics as socially embedded - a framework that allows the frictions and contradictions of local politics to be explained without having to take recourse to dichotomies of traditional vs. modern or formal vs. informal politics.
Stefanie Strulik is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zurich.