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Widows in India
Social Neglect and Public Action

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July 1998 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
There are more than 33 million widows in India, comprising about 8 per cent of the total female population of the country. Despite this, little is known about the actual living conditions of widows, about the quiet deprivations they experience on a daily basis. They are rarely mentioned in the literature on poverty, in public debates on social policy or even by the women's movement.

Weaving together analytic essays, hard data and poignant case studies, this important volume is aimed at bringing about a better understanding of the social and economic conditions of widows, to focus attention on widowhood as a social problem and to promote public action and policies in support of widows in India.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE IDEOLOGY OF WIDOWHOOD
Uma Chakravarti
Gender, Caste and Labour
The Ideological and Material Structure of Widowhood  
Prem Chowdhry
Sexuality, Unchastity and Fertility
Economy of Production and Reproduction in Colonial Haryana  
Bina Agarwal
Widows versus Daughters or Widows as Daughters? Property, Land and Economic Security in Rural India
 
PART TWO: THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF WIDOWHOOD
P N Mari Bhat
Widowhood and Mortality in India
Leela Gulati
Widowhood and Aging in India
 
PART THREE: WIDOWS AND PROPERTY RIGHTS
Lotika Sarkar and Narayan Banerjee
Widows in a Tribal Setting in West Bengal
Shobha Nandwana and Ramesh Nandwana
Land Rights of Widows in Rajasthan
Seema Misra and Enakshi Ganguly Thukral
Widows and Property Rights
A Study of Two Villages in Bihar  
Bela Bhatia
Widows, Land Rights and Resettlement in the Narmada Valley
Neelam Gorhe, Chandra Bhandari and Bela Bhatia
Widows, Family Support and Land Rights
Case Studies from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar and Gujarat  
 
PART FOUR: WIDOWS AND SOCIAL SECURITY
K V Eswara Prasad
The Pension Scheme for Widows in Tamil Nadu
Varsha Bhagat Ganguly
Social Security of Widows in Gujurat
I S Gulati and Leela Gulati
Social Security for Widows
A Study of Pension Schemes in Kerala  
 
PART FIVE: WIDOWS, POVERTY AND EMPLOYMENT
Jean Dr[gr]eze and P V Srinivasan
Widowhood and Poverty in Rural India
Some Inferences from Household Survey Data  
Leela Gulati
The Poor Widows of Kootam
A Study of Widows in a Squatter Settlement  
Leela Gulati and Mitu Gulati
Jayamma
Profile of a Widowed Brick Worker  
D V Rukmini
Women's Employment Status by Marital Status in Haryana
Renana Jhabvala
Self-Employed Widows
Some Experiences from Gujarat  
 
PART SIX: WIDOWS AND PUBLIC ACTION
Ritu Menon and Kamla Bhasin
Partition Widows
The State as Social Rehabilitator  
Bela Bhatia
Social Action with Rural Widows in Gujarat

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