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Women Who Only Serve Chai: Gender Quotas, Reservations and Proxies in India

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Women Who Only Serve Chai: Gender Quotas, Reservations and Proxies in India
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Women Who Only Serve Chai: Gender Quotas, Reservations and Proxies in India

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by Brian Turnbull (Author) 

This book investigates the experiences of women city councilors in India. It follows the careers of women in Jaipur, Rajasthan, who were brought into public office through a gender quota instituted over two decades ago. It reveals how, even in office, women continue to face stigma and normative restrictions imposed by a society not entirely willing to accept them in a public and independent position; and how men, technically blocked by the gender quota from holding office themselves, continue to exert control and influence over women officeholders, even sidelining them in many cases as proxies. The volume also documents the role of these men, colloquially known as parshad-patis, who have uniquely subverted the gender quota without violating any of the formal quota rules. To combat these challenges, the author presents pragmatic approaches to empower women in political offices at the grassroots and highlights the need for a comprehensive support structure to aid gender quota institutions in delivering equality in highly patriarchal environments.

Drawing on extensive fieldwork and interviews with elected members and their spouses, as well as journalists, women’s rights activists, and student political leaders, this book provides fascinating insights into the everyday politics of India. It will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of gender studies, politics, political processes, and South Asian studies.

Year:
2022
Pages:
169
Language:
English
Format:
PDF
Size:
2 MB
ISBN-10:
1032198443
ISBN-13:
978-1032198446, 9781032198446
ASIN:
B0B2VGMNRW