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Anglo-Indian Women in Transition

Pride, Prejudice and Predicament


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Sudarshana Sen
    Pages 1-44
  3. Sudarshana Sen
    Pages 45-84
  4. Sudarshana Sen
    Pages 85-111
  5. Sudarshana Sen
    Pages 181-187
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 189-202

About this book


"A good projection of the multifarious forms of struggle of the Anglo-Indian women and also the sources of their strength."

—Bonita Aleaz, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Calcutta, India

The study considers two generations of Anglo-Indian women in post-colonial India, and their social interaction with their community. It explores Anglo-Indian women as part of a cultural whole and as participants in the mainstream cultural claims of India. It notably highlights the marginalisation of Anglo-Indian women in decision-making, focusing on the multiple patriarchal dominations they face, and how it impacts on their role within society. It argues that the historical gendering of the Anglo-Indian community has concrete consequences in terms of familial, cultural and organizational links with the diaspora, perceptions and attitudes of other Indian communities towards the Anglo-Indian community in schools, neighborhoods and workplaces and significant discriminations based on colour of skin, economic resources and conformity to gender stereotypes. Examining how different forms of race, class and gender discrimination intersect in the lives and experiences of Anglo-Indian women, this work provides insights into contemporary gender relations in India, and is a key read for scholars in gender and sociology, as well as minority and diaspora studies.


women in post-colonial India marginalisation of Anglo-Indian women historical gendering of the Anglo-Indian community discrimination and gender in India gender relations in India women and patriarchy in India Anglo-Indian community and stereotypes race, class and gender discrimination in India

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Gour BangaMaldaIndia

About the authors

Dr Sudarshana Sen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Gour Banga, Malda, West Bengal.

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