Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice
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Dowry by Tamsin Bradley
Book DescriptionThe concept of a Dowry, whilst known throughout the world, is one which is much misunderstood and often regarded as synonymous with acts of violence against women. This exciting new volume seeks to debunk the overly simplistic conceptions of Dowry that are produced by a lack of understanding of this cultural practice. Taking a variety of theoretical and active approaches, this work successfully bridges the gap between today's prevailing theory and practice, whilst enshrining the centrality of South Asian women's own experiences as a starting point to any discussion. Through advocating the use of collective processes to liberate women, this book empowers women to be the agents of change as opposed to merely victims. Bringing a unique diversity of perspectives from leading academics and activists, this book opens up the term 'Dowry' to undertake a study of its role in various communities across the world from the practice of 'mehr' amongst Muslim societies, the role of the dowry in Bangladesh, and its position in the wider diasporic populations globally. The groundbreaking, multidisciplinary book is essential reading for students, policymakers, practitioners and activists alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781848132948
(216mm x 138mm x 138mm)
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Sep-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tamsin Bradley
Challenging the NGOS, Paperback (March 2012)
Bradley's extensive fieldwork, on grassroots NGOs in rural Indian Rajasthan and Western donor organisations, combines with a compelling critique of development theory and practice. She constructs a more inclusive methodology, to encourage development workers to listen to the needs of those they seek to help.
Women, Violence and Tradition, Paperback (September 2011)
Examines how ethnic minority women navigate between their religious and cultural traditions and the secular state in which they live.
Religion and Gender in the Developing World, Hardback (December 2010)» View all books by Tamsin Bradley
Faith-based development organizations have become a central part of the lives of the women of rural Rajasthan, and have come to represent an important aspect of individual and collective identities. This title presents a study of the contradictory role of development organisations and faith organizations in the lives of women in rural Rajasthan.
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Author Biography - Tamsin Bradley
Tamsin Bradley is ESRC Research Fellow, London Metropolitan University. Emma Tomalin is Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Leeds. Magala Subramaniam is Associate Professor of Sociology, Purdue University, USA.
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