Unearthing Gender: Folksongs of North India (BOK)

Smita Tewari Jassal

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Based on anthropological field research , Unearthing Gender analyzes folk songs sung primarily by lower caste women in north India while labouring in the fields, at weddings, during travels, and in other settings. Smita Jassal uses these songs to explore how ideas of caste, gender, sexuality, labour, and power may be strengthened, questioned and fine-tuned through music. At the heart of the book is a library of songs, in their original Bhojpuri and in English translation, framed by Jassal's analytic insights into the complexities of gender and power. The power of these songs, Jassal argues, lies in hinting and suggesting themes rather than directly addressing them: women sing what they often cannot talk about. Women's lives, their feelings, their relationships, and social and familial bonds are persuasively presented in song, and for the ethnographer, the songs provide a safer, more natural language for these women to articulate opinions than the standard ethnographic interview. In this way, the songs offer an entry into the culture and everyday lives that produce them and embody the voices of a marginalized group that has rarely been the focus of systematic analytical inquiry.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Smita Tewari Jassal
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780822351306
Antall sider 320 Dimensjoner 15,5cm x 22,9cm x 2cm
Vekt 417 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Folk & traditional music, Gender studies, gender groups