By Navtej K. Purewal
The choice for male young children transcends many societies and cultures, making it a subject matter of neighborhood and worldwide dimensions. whereas son choice isn't a brand new phenomenon and has existed traditionally in lots of components of Asia, its modern expressions illustrate the gendered results of social strength kin as they have interaction and intersect with tradition, economic climate and applied sciences. Son Preference brings jointly key debates at the topic through assessing present paintings within the box and delivering new insights via basic study. The publication covers a wide variety of social technology discussions and attracts upon textual and ethnographic fabric from India. Son Preference can be worthwhile to scholars, students, activists and somebody drawn to the problems surrounding gender inequity, intercourse choice and skewed intercourse ratios.
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It became the driving force behind the generation of a particular form of knowledge about India and of Britain itself as the imperial centre (Cohn 1996). This was symbolic in that it reflected the colonial state’s interest in the social and cultural realm insofar as it provided mileage for showing its moral duty and function in India. Thus, the records of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries reflect the concerted effort on the part of the British colonial state in India to assert its authority over the moral codes and practices of that time.
Indeed, I am not exempt from this discussion of the politics of ethnography. I fully acknowledge that this book is written from my perspective and ‘gaze’, laden with my own notions of voice, locational field and authority. Yet, it is not the authority with which one represents the material that is of concern here. What is being said is perhaps less important here as much as why, for whom and for what purposes it is being told. Thus, my concerns with epistemology also ask questions about reflexivity in an effort to break down the knowing position of the ethnographer in striving for transparency of the voice of the researcher.
By embarking upon an examination of the threads of location and knowledge within a range of studies on gender in South Asia, I intend to pinpoint some questions around methodology and epistemology highlighted by these different studies to inform the formulation of research practices. e. socio-economic structures produced by capitalist production relations – offer insights into how material and social relations position women vis-à-vis power, men and the household. Bina Agarwal’s (1994) work argues that a lack of access to assets, capital and resources is at the heart of women’s disadvantaged position in India.
Son Preference: Sex Selection, Gender and Culture in South Asia by Navtej K. Purewal