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Women's Work, Status and Fertility

Women's work plays a significant role in reducing gender inequality and is also seen to affect levels of fertility and child mortality. However, the relationship between female work participation status and autonomy and demographic indicators has not been clearly established. This paper attempts to bring out the conditions of women's work, status and their relationship with child mortality and fertility in a south Indian village. The aim is to explore the comprehensiveness of the term 'conditions of women's work' and how it reflects the entire milieu of a woman's situation.

New Capitalism and Politics of Care Work

The Commercialisation of Intimate Life: Notes from Home and Work by Arlie Russell Hochschild; University of California Press, Berkeley, 2003; pp 322, $ 16.95

Emotional World of the Bengal Renaissance

Bengal Renaissance Exploring Emotional History: Gender, Mentality and Literature in the Indian Awakening by Rajat Kanta Ray; Oxford University Press, 2001; pp xii+333, Rs 595.

Gender in Development

Women and Development: The Indian Experience by Mira Seth; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2001; pp 284, Rs 294.

Gender in Reproductive and Child Health Policy

The ministry of health and family welfare in 1995 initiated the Reproductive and Child Health Policy which claims to be a 'gender-sensitive' policy. The present article deconstructs the notion of gender sensitivity by unpacking the ideological assumptions that underlie the text of the policy. It examines, through a qualitative analysis of documents and interviews with policy-makers, how the state positions women within its discourses of development, health and gender. Further, it also explores the implications of such positioning for women's emancipation.

Other Side of Managing

Women Employees and Human Resource Management edited by Nalini Shastry and Subrata Pandey; Universities Press, Hyderabad, 2000; xii+300, paperback, Rs 335.

Gender Differentials in Famine Mortality

For most of south Asia gender differentials in instances of famine mortality have generally shown a pattern of relative female survival advantage during crisis. Yet variations in its occurrence and its antecedents have not been inquired into very systematically. This paper attempts to look at gender differentials during two 19th century famines - the Madras famine of 1876-78 and the Punjab famine of 1896-97 - from a public health perspective. It is an attempt to explore links between gender discrimination, status and labour force participation during the colonial period.

Gender, Culture and Space in the Shimla Mall

The 'mall' in Shimla has imparted to the town a distinct identity, its own identity, too has been shaped over time. Though a colonial ambience persists, it has managed to transgress colonial boundaries, and today reflects more modern sensations and perceptions. For women especially, it is a place not merely for shopping but a forum to seek their own identity.

The World of Women's Work

Work Experience and Identity: A Historical Account of Class, Caste, and Gender among the Cashew Workers of Kerala, 1930-2000 by Anna Lindberg; Lund University, Lund, Sweden, 2001; pp xvii + 384, price not mentioned.

Gendered Communication and Access to Social Space

While JFM resolutions of most states have accepted the need for actual involvement of women, policy provisions per se have proved inadequate for ensuring their participation in community institutions, including JFM committees. More often than not, communication being actively influenced by social relationships, cultural norms and political dynamics, women in JFMs are often the receiving end of information.

Non-Conventional Indicators

Prevalence of mental distress and of abuse and violence are important indicators of the wellbeing of a community and are significantly differentiated by gender. The socio-economic changes wrought by structural reforms have the potential to disrupt existing notions of gender in ways that could be threatening, demoralising and oppressive for men and women in some contexts and empowering in others. Some of these factors, especially those that concern gender ideology, may indeed be difficult to 'measure'. It is therefore necessary to consider research methodologies that go beyond the quantitative in order to do justice to the complexity of these phenomena.

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