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Borders and Boundaries: How Women Experienced the Partition of India

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As an event of shattering consequence, the Partition of India remains significant today. While Partition sounds smooth on paper, the reality was horrific. More than eight million people migrated and one million died in the process. The forced migration, violence between Hindus and Muslims, and mass widowhood were unprecedented and well-documented. What was less obvious but ...more
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Published May 1st 1998 by Rutgers University Press (first published April 1998)
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Nav Sohi
Jul 24, 2013 Nav Sohi rated it really liked it
A haunting glimpse at to what women endured during the 1947 partition. I read this book, because I wanted to learn more about the topic. After reading this book, I learned why my grandmother was never able to speak about her experiences during the partition.
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Using interviews with Paritition survivors, social workers, and family members, Ritu Menon constructs a feminist history of Partition. The book is structured into chapters around specific themes (e.g. acceptable violence against women, experiences of widows, etc.); each chapter begins with interviews and concludes with an analysis that creates a feminist reading of Partition. By doing so, Menon interrogates the relationship betwen women and the nascent states of South Asia in 1947, the re
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Reena
Jan 26, 2016 Reena rated it really liked it
Probably one of the more difficult books I've read, and easily the book that took me the longest to get through. The main reasons being: it is so packed with facts & figures of Partition history that I did not want to miss a beat although I probably have to go back to it a few times even now; it is a disturbing subject given what happened to women as a result of Partition, both at the hands of the "other" but perhaps more tragically at the hands of their own families and country; and finally ...more
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it's one of the best books i've ever read - beyond the disciplinary boundaries of sociology...this book changed my life, how i thought of my life until then, and what i decided to do with it after...read it!
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This is a real sober read, but very informative. I really enjoyed the information I gained from it.
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I think I would have really loved this book if they'd given me enough time to finish it.
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