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Playing With Fire: Feminist Thought And Activism Through Seven Lives In India

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Seven voices contribute to this rare glimpse of the work being done on the front lines of the fight for social change in India. Playing with Fire is written in the collective voice of women employed by a large NGO as activists in their communities and is based on diaries, interviews, and conversations among them. Together their personal stories reveal larger themes and que ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 23rd 2006 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Jul 06, 2011 Nisha rated it really liked it
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It may be my Indian ethnicity that initially prevented me from reading this, but it may also be the very reason I did. As an NRI (non resident Indian), I come from a fairly privileged place, knowing little of the hardships women face from family and society. I can relate to the patriarchial family structure, but not to the inherent suffering each of the women in this book faced. It's jarring to understand how they broke (or still breaking, really) from the chains of family and social enslavement ...more
This was a short, very powerful book weaving together the autobiographical writings of seven village-level feminist activists in India. Methodologically, the book shares much with consciousness-raising—the text is based on the women’s collective analysis of each writer’s frank autobiographical reflections on the ways processes of gender, caste, class, and religion shaped their lives and their current activist work. To me, this is feminist theory at its best: the women are courageous in their hon ...more
This book is imminently teachable, providing great material for a thoughtful discussion of so many nuanced issues around privilege, intersectionality, agency, equity, class, globalization, and more. The collaborative approach of this work makes it a stand-out and also particularly interesting for readers; I have noticed that this is also what students found really engaging. This book documents what transnational feminist praxis looks like--and how our feminist and social justice commitments are ...more
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Mar 13, 2013 Can Kartoglu rated it really liked it
Hindistan'da yaşayan kadınların hayatlarının belirli dönemlerinde hangi zorluklarla karşılaştıklarını bu zorlukları bizzat yaşamış olan yedi kadının günlüklerinden yola çıkarak aktarmaya çalışıyor kitap. Samimiyetini asla sorgulamadığınız hikayeler ile Hindistan'daki eşitsizliği, yozlaşmayı gözler önüne seriyor adeta. Bunun yanı sıra kadın erkek arasında var olan eşitsizliği ortan kaldırmaya, kadınları iş hayatında güçlendirmeyi amaçlayan STK'ların kendi içlerindeki hiyerarşi ve önyargılardan bu ...more
Dec 08, 2012 Vindhya rated it really liked it
This was an honest and important book about the journey of this group of village level activists in addressing the issues of casteism, communalism and patriarchy as well as the issues of elitism within the NGO sphere. I really enjoyed the collective voice of the book. It may be difficult to follow the individual strands of each writer's experience, but it highlights the need to resist lumping together 'rural poor women' in the fight for women's empowerment because there is so much difference and ...more
This is a truly incredible book. The sangtin collective, a group of the nine women who wrote it, blends their stories seamlessly while not erasing any individual voice. Really unique research. Deeply impressed by their efforts.
Jun 10, 2012 Addie rated it it was amazing
An honest and eye-opening work that highlights the struggles that women in rural India face in relation to gender, caste, economic status, and religion while challenging the politics of knowledge production and of NGOs.
Jan 01, 2013 Naomi rated it it was amazing
must read!
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