HS 825: Gender Studies

The course seeks to map the basic concepts developed in gender studies and especially outline their implications for the practice of social sciences in India. The contemporary debates in gender theory will be outlined and the specific problems of theorizing gender in the Indian context highlighted.

Feminist Theory: Beyond the hyphenated approach-the key debates in feminist theory. 

Operationalising concepts: Gender, Patriarch and Sexual Division of Labour. 

From Margins to the Centre: Reading Working Class and Black Feminisms. 

The Challenge of Gender Studies to the Disciplines: Critiques of theory, methodology and epistemology.  Problems of theorizing Gender in India: Issues of Caste, Class and Community. 

Recasting Gender: Understanding debates of Nationalism, colonialism and gender. 

Engendering the analysis of Social institutions: Labour, Family and kinship, State, Health and sexuality. 

Impact Of Gender Perspectives: Development, Ecology and Globalisation and Social movement studies. 


Whelham, Imelda., Modern Feminist Thought. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997. 

Hooks, Bell., Feminist Theory from Margins to Centre. Boston: South End Press, 1983. 

Lennon, Kathleen & Whitford Margaret, Knowing the Difference: Feminist Perspectives in Epistemology. New York. Rout ledge, 1993. 

Myres, Kirsten, Anderson et al (eds).  Feminist foundations. New York. Sage, 1998. 

Satyamurthy.T. V.(ed)., Region, Religion, Caste, Gender and Culture in Contemporary India. New Delhi. OUP, 1996. 

Dube, Leela.  Women and Kinship. New Delhi. Vistaar, 1997. 

Vaid, Sudesh & K. Sangari (eds). Recasting Women: Essays In Colonial India. New Delhi: Kali for Women. 

Dietrich, Gabriele.  Religion, Ecology and Development. New Delhi: Horizon, 1992.