Woman, Body, Desire in Post-Colonial India: Narratives of Gender and Sexuality


Jyoti Puri draws on post-colonial and feminist theory to focus on how women in current-day India conceptualize their gender and sexuality. She provides a groundbreaking ethnographic study based on fifty-four middle and upper-class Indian women, ranging from the ages of fifteen to thrity eight. She argues that these women's narratives are shaped not only by the nation-state but by transnational processes as well. Women, Body, Desire in Post-Colonial India connects important issues of class and nationhood to the emerging sense of female identity in India, covering previously neglected topics such as menstruation, gay and straight sexual experience, sexual harassment and assault, marriage and motherhood. Puri discovers that attitudes about sexuality and gender are surprisingly similar in India and Western countries.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1999


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