Woman vs. woman. Charlotte Wiser's Srimati.

Susan S Wadley

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Abstract

This paper profiles Charlotte Wiser, an American missionary and student of Indian social life, and presents a comprehensive narrative report about the caste and gender relations in rural Uttar Pradesh, India, during the 1920s. The report narrates the abuse of women and the manipulation by men of the rules of pollution and purity as well as economics. It captures deeply rooted ideals of proper females, kinship roles, and caste divisions, which is a compelling snapshot of northern Indian village life in the 1920s. It also presents the dominant status of men in economics and society and how women are unable to unite because of their economic and social positions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-23
Number of pages8
JournalManushi
Issue number107
StatePublished - 1998

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Wadley, S. S. (1998). Woman vs. woman. Charlotte Wiser's Srimati. Manushi, (107), 16-23.