Women And Law Critical Feminist Perspectives


  • Author: Kalpana Kannabiran
  • Publisher: Sage Publications
  • Binding: Hard Binding
  • ISBN-13: 9788132113133
  • Pages: 324
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2014


About The Book

How should we approach the problem of “women and law”? Should the focus be on women-centred laws and their efficacy? Or should the focus be, instead, on the ways in which the law imagines women and the ways in which women have engaged with the law—spilling beyond fields traditionally associated with the phrase “women and law”? And how does violence figure in all these? Women and Law, a compilation of 11 insightful essays, examines these questions and a range of concerns—domestic violence, employment and labour, anti-discrimination jurisprudence, family laws, access to forest and land rights, the right to health, the complexities in the intersection of women’s rights with disability rights and women’s experiences of repressive legislation such as TADA.

This volume attempts at a fresh mapping of the field of women and law from an interdisciplinary perspective and presents the work of activists, lawyers and scholars in conversation.


Bringing Rights Home: Review of the Campaign for a Law on Domestic Violence Indira Jaising
Conjugality, Property, Morality and Maintenance Flavia Agnes
Women, Forestspaces and the Law: Transgressing the Boundaries Sagari R Ramdas
Women’s Rights and Entitlements to Land in South Asia: Changing Forms of Engagements Meera Velayudhan
Outside the Realm of Protective Legislation: The Saga of Unpaid Work in India Padmini Swaminathan
Gender Equality at Workplace: A Frozen Agenda D Nagasaila
Judicial Meanderings in Patriarchal Thickets: Litigating Sex Discrimination in India Kalpana Kannabiran
Women’s Health and Law in India: Trends of Hope and Despair Shruti Pandey
Prenatal Diagnosis: Where Do We Draw the Line? Anita Ghai and Rachana Johri
Religion, Feminist Politics and Muslim Women’s Rights in India Zoya Hasan
Women and State Violence: Where Is Justice? Anita Tiphagne

About The Author

Kalpana Kannabiran

Kalpana Kannabiran is the recipient of the inaugural Amartya Sen Award for Social Scientists, 2012, for her work in Law. She is a sociologist and legal researcher and is currently Director, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, an autonomous research institute supported by the Indian Council for Social Science Research. She was awarded the VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research in the field of Social Aspects of Law by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) in 2003. She was part of the founding faculty of National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University… More About the Author