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Rural Women’s Power in South Asia

Understanding Shakti


Part of the Gender, Development and Social Change book series (GDSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Pashington Obeng
    Pages 1-15
  3. Pashington Obeng
    Pages 16-43
  4. Pashington Obeng
    Pages 44-66
  5. Pashington Obeng
    Pages 163-169
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 170-186

About this book


This book investigates how women's power and caste cleavages often continue to transcend and crosscut the boundaries of caste/tribe, gender, age, class and religion in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh It examines the gendered divisions of labor in rural communities and how countervailing forces have restricted women's status and roles in South Asia.


Shakti women's empowering gendered divisions rural communities South Asia India Pakistan Bangladesh gender government history identity intervention women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Wellesley CollegeUSA

About the authors

Pashington Obeng is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, USA. In 2011-2012 he was Madeleine Haas Russell Visiting Professor at Brandeis University and has also taught at Brown and Harvard Universities, USA. He is the author of Shaping Membership, Defining Nation: The Cultural Politics of African Indians in South Asia (2007).

Bibliographic information


“This book is an important contribution for the insight it provides into the veritable manner … . This book would, however, also be a useful resource for those involved in development work, as the case studies effectively outline the extent and nature of impact of interventions that aim to increase the visibility of women in public spaces.” (Kalindi Kokal, South Asia Research, Vol. 36 (2), July, 2016)