From the Jacket :
Photography as a medium has captured the diverse realities of women's lives over the last century and a half, providing a more holistic understanding of what is learned through the written word, memory, and recall. Visualizing Indian Women is a collection of 300 such rare photographs depicting women's lives during the period 1875 - 1947, gleaned from archives as well as private collections.
Based on a traveling exhibition curated by the Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi, the book consists of images and explanatory captions that are divided into five sections, following a more or less chronological development of Indian women during this period.
'Visualizing the Family' showcases family photographs that focus on the changing role of women, the emergence of the urban nuclear family, domestic rituals, and home performances.
Pioneers in educational reform and the experiences of women in schools and colleges are looked at in 'The Learning Experience'.
'Worlds Beyond' has visuals of women as agricultural labourers and factory workers, the beginnings of women's emancipation as they moved into professions, the creative arts and politics - possible only with enhanced physical mobility.
The process of women's evolution as active political beings in a critical phase of the nation's history are documented in 'The Freedom Struggle'.
'Towards the Midnight Hour' captures a sense of challenge and commitment by highlighting the emergence of women as professionals and their experiences through the Bengal famine, Quit India movement, Partition, and the Second World War.
With a comprehensive, lucidly written introduction that places the photographs in context, this volume will be of great interest to general readers, students and scholars of gender studies, history, sociology, culture and media studies; photographers, photo-journalists, archivists, and art historians.
About the Author :
Malavika Karlekar is Editor, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, and Curator, Re-presenting Indian Women: A Visual Documentary, 1875-1947, Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi.
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