Femininity, Equality, and Personhood

Roop Rekha Verma

in Women, Culture, and Development

Published in print November 1995 | ISBN: 9780198289647
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596698 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Femininity, Equality, and Personhood

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Verma argues that the Hindu traditions of India have been hostile to women's demands for equality and that a critical position should be sought from the Western Enlightenment and its ideas of rights and personhood, rather than from within those traditions. Verma further posits that since such traditions reduce men's personhood as well as women's, the feminist struggle ought to be viewed as a struggle for humanity in general. Verma thus presents an androgynous concept of personhood and favours retaining equality on the feminist agenda.

Keywords: autonomy; care; equality; femininity; Hinduism; India; individualism; justice; motherhood; personhood

Chapter.  5453 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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