Religious Patriarchy and the Subjugation of Women in India

By Miriam George.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Religious patriarchy works as a vehicle for coercing women to accept gender oppression through religion, in order to maintain the cohesion of the male-dominated social system in India. Examining religious patriarchy and the politics of location requires an exploration of the historical, geographical and cultural boundaries which provides the groundwork for understanding the phenomena. Religious patriarchy brings to the forefront many theoretical questions regarding the position of women in religion, which is actually based on multiple locations that have evolved through integration of complex configurations of culture and power. The presenter will analyze the growing resistance by women in Kerala, India to dowry-related traditions and the violence that often results from this resistance, as well as the lack of support they are receiving from religion institutions. This presentation will also examine religious, post-colonial and feminist discourse on women’s position in India by investigating the conditions that produced this discourse, its correlation with male domination, and the many ways in which its ideas were deployed to keep women oppressed.

Keywords: Gender, Patriarchy, Oppression, Religious Oppression, Women

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.21-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 599.436KB).

Dr. Miriam George

Doctoral Candidate, Faculty Of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Miriam M. George is a Doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Canada. Miriam is also a Clinical Social Worker at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, World Health Organization Center of Excellence in Canada. Her research interests include Clinical Social Work Practice, Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health and Settlement, Psychosis and Trauma, Continuing Professional Education, Post Colonialism, Violence against Women and International Social Work.


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