The Women of Totagadde

Broken Silence

  • Helen E. Ullrich

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
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    Pages 1-7
  3. Four Families over Four Time Periods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-14
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      Pages 15-45
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  4. Forty-seven Years of Observed Change: Education as a Catalyst for Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-137
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 243-252

About this book


This book depicts one South Indian village during the fifty-year period when women’s education became a possibility—and then a reality. Despite illiteracy, religious ritual marking them as inferior, and pre-pubertal marriages, the daughters and granddaughters of the silent, passive women of the 1960s have morphed into assertive, self-confident millennial women. Helen E. Ullrich considers the following questions: can education alter the perception of women as inferior and forever childlike? What happens when women refuse the mantle of socialized passivity? Throughout The Women of Totagadde, Helen Ullrich pushes us to consider how women’s lives and society at large have been altered through education.  


Ethnography Anthropological Psychology Women's Education Human Rights Family South India

Authors and affiliations

  • Helen E. Ullrich
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesTulane University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA

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