ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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No Social Change sans Dialogue

The lack of dialogue between temple trustees, villagers, activists and other stakeholders over protests around the entry of women into the inner sanctum of the Shani temple in Shingnapur, Maharashtra has prevented any meaningful engagement with the myths, beliefs, and notions of purity. For progressive social change, dialogue, which was missing in this case, is the only way forward.

Light Shines through Gossamer Threads

Gender relations in some adivasi (tribal) societies are relatively more egalitarian than among other communities but enormous changes are now taking place in their resource base and livelihoods. How does this affect the women's spaces in the domestic and public spheres? This paper explores the process of change as a scattered semi-nomadic group of adivasi foragers come together to form a village settlement. Focusing on one family, and one woman among them, it reflects upon whether and how an indigenous democratic fabric and relative gender egalitarianism may be retained in the face of structural changes in the adivasi life worlds. Using a personal narrative, shaped by different 'dialogical levels', the paper traces the dialogical stages through which the 'story' unfolds. It suggests that the narrative as a qualitative research tool may be used to interrogate women's political spaces and to bring the family into development discourse.
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