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Prof. Srimati Basu's Dowry & Inheritance is Published

Prof. Srimati Basu's Dowry & Inheritance is Published

April 21, 2005

srimati basu.jpgApril 21, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - Dowry & Inheritance, edited by Srimati Basu, associate professor of sociology and anthropology at DePauw University, is arriving in bookstores. The third entry in the series, "Issues in Contemporary Indian Feminism," the new volume "brings together intellectually stimulating analysis and radical activism, in a cogent and comprehensive assessment of an issue and a practice that has preoccupied Indian feminists for the last three decades," the publisher writes.

In a summary of the book, the publisher -- New Dehli-based Women Unlimited/Kali for Women -- notes, "The essays in this book examine the sociological, legal, cultural and economic implications of dowry. The connection between dowry or bridewealth norms and the status of women, inheritance and its impact on women’s empowerment are discussed from the multiple perspectives adopted by different feminist scholars. Feminist interventions have dealt with slippery definitions, concepts in legal formulations and theoretical questions regarding the volition and agency of women in a patriarchal structure." srimati basu dowry.jpg

It continues, "The essays examine the activist position vis-à-vis dowry and inheritance: should dowry be boycotted in toto, or only its excesses? Is dowry a form of inheritance? Legal intervention is often seen as the most concrete means to address issues of equity, but the Dowry Prohibition Act of 1984 leaves room for manoeuvre: dowry as a ‘condition of marriage’ is punishable, but ‘voluntary gifts’ are excluded from the ambit of the law. More recently, legislative intervention has sought to grant equal inheritance rights to women. Will these developments make for greater gender equity?"

Learn more about the book by clicking here. Dr. Basu is also the author of She Comes to Take Her Rights: Indian Women, Property and Propriety (1999).