Women, Wellbeing, and the Ethics of Domesticity in an Odia Hindu Temple Town

Authors: Menon, Usha

  • ​It presents a cultural model of subjective or psychological wellbeing
  • It is a fine-grained analysis of a particular paradigm of domesticity
  • It examines the degree to which individual liberty and gender equality—the values espoused by liberal feminism—are universally relevant  
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This book is a detailed ethnography of traditional, predominantly upper-caste, sequestered Hindu women in the temple town of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, a state in eastern India. It elaborates on a distinctive paradigm of domesticity and explicates a particular model of human wellbeing among this category. Part of the growing literature in “third wave” or “multicultural feminism”, it seeks to broaden the parameters of feminist discourse by going beyond questions of individual liberty or gender equality to examine the potential for female empowerment that exists in the context of these women’s lives. Its aims are twofold: first, to represent these women in ways that they themselves would recognize; and, second, to interpret, rather than merely “translate”, the beliefs and practices of the temple town such that their underlying logic becomes readily accessible to readers, even those unfamiliar with the Hindu world.

About the authors

Usha Menon received her Ph. D. (with Honors) in Human Development from the University of Chicago in 1995. She has done fieldwork in the temple town of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, as well as in the northern Indian city of Meerut. She has written extensively on different aspects of Hindu society and civilization, in particular on goddess worship, family dynamics, gender relations, Hindu morality, Hindu women and liberal feminism, and Hindu–Muslim religious violence.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women, Wellbeing, and the Ethics of Domesticity in an Odia Hindu Temple Town
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
Springer India
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-0885-3
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-0885-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-81-322-0884-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 244
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations
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