• Kochurani Abraham
Part of the New Approaches to Religion and Power book series (NARP)


This chapter situates the gender paradox that signals to the persistence of patriarchy in India by taking India’s ranking in the Global Gender Gap Reports as indicators of the problematic. In this situation, the Catholic Syrian Christian community of Kerala, South India, is taken as a case of analysis to look into the latent contradictions that marks women’s lives within a patriarchal framework where caste and religion intersect with gender. Feminist methodological tools such as narrations and life story analyses are introduced to analyse women’s experiences of gendered oppression, their negotiation of power and their attempts to subvert patriarchy. The concepts of power, space and consciousness are deployed heuristically as theoretical tools to analyse women’s reality

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  • Kochurani Abraham
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarKeralaIndia

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