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Woman versus Womanliness in India: An Essay in Cultural and Political Psychology


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Title

Woman versus Womanliness in India: An Essay in Cultural and Political Psychology

Subject

Cultural Studies/ Psychology

Description

The essay involves an analysis of the constricted role of woman in Indian society and public affairs as part of an ongoing process of civilisational change.

Creator

Ashis Nandy

Source

At the Edge of Psychology: Essays in Politics and Culture, Pp. 32 – 46

Publisher

Oxford University Press, India

Date

1980

Contributor

The Media Lab

Format

PDF

Language

English

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Text

The essay involves an analysis of the constricted role of woman in Indian society and public affairs as part of an ongoing process of civilizational change. This demands an identification of the structure of individual and cultural defences which have traditionally given meaning to the role of women in Indian society. The author identifies the classic instance in the psychological defence of woman turning against self by identifying with the aggressive male, drawing attention to the way in which certain social institutions have made woman herself a participant in her self-repudiation and intra-aggression. To ignore this accept of womanhood in India is to abridge the Indian awareness of some of the latent justifications of oppression in this society

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Ashis Nandy, "Woman versus Womanliness in India: An Essay in Cultural and Political Psychology," in Law and the Image, Item #40, http://lawimage.medialabju.org/items/show/40 (accessed June 24, 2018).

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