Gender and Society

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSC134

Course Coordinator and Team:

Dr. Rukmini Sen (CC)

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This course will address gendered nature of human relationships. How is it that gender operates in our everyday lives? How is it that there is interplay of gender in institutional spaces? What are the connections between gender, caste, patriarchy and capitalism? Beginning with childhood rearing practices in early childhood, the family is an important site for gendering. This socialization continues through late adulthood in the family, in schools via the formal and informal curriculum and in peer groups. Likewise, in the workplace—and in the economy, law, and politics more widely—men and women are differently located with unequal pay, privilege and power. From public to private arenas, gender difference is (re)produced in a variety of institutional and micro-political contexts and in relation to other forms of inequality. In terms of a discipline, is the study of society gender-blind or gender-conscious? When family as an institution is discussed, does the domestic labour debate come up? When politics is introduced as a theme, are gendered realities of political representation addressed? Is sociology of gender a sub-discipline? Do we need a separate course on gender, or should it be intertwined as a perspective in the manner in which we observe social structures and relationships?

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

Gendering the sociological imagination

Understanding Gender through questions of labor

Gender and violence, gendered violence

Sociology of gender, gender studies


Watching Paromita Vohra’s Unlimited Girls Reading girls.html before watching the film

Pamela Abbot, Claire Wallace and Melissa Tyler An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives, Routledge, New York, 1990 pp 1-14 

Uma Chakravarti Gendering Caste Through a Feminist Lens, Stree, Kolkata, 2006 pp 6-22, 139-171

Dorothy Smith, Sociology from Women’s Experience: A Reaffirmation, Sociological Theory, Volume 10, Issue 1, (Spring 1992) 88-98, available online at

Laxmi Murthy and Rajashri Dasgupta Our Pictures Our Words: A Visual Testament to the Women’s Movement in India, Zubaan, New Delhi, 2012 

Fair: A Documentary about Skin colour in India available online at 

Folbre, Nancy (1991) 'The Unproductive Housewife: Her Evolution in Nineteenth-Century Economic', Signs; Spring; Vol. 16, No. 3; pg. 463-484

Silvia Federici. 'Wages Against Housework' available online at housework.pdf

Shruti Chaudhury and Taneesha Mohan Marriage and migration: Bengali and Bihari brides in Baduan, Uttar Pradesh Indian Journal of Gender Studies October 2011 18: 311-340

Air India v. Nergesh Meerza [(1981) 4 SCC 335]

Choudhury Sharmistha Penalised for Pregnancy, The Hindu July 13, 2013, available online at

Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, Kolkata Sex Workers Manifesto Sarai Reader, 2005, Bare Acts available online at

Imrana Qadeer and Mary John, The Business and the Ethics of Surrogacy Economic and Political Weekly Vol. 44, No. 2 (Jan. 10 - 16, 2009), pp. 10-12 available online at

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, available online at

Rukmini Sen The Need for an Everyday Culture of Protest, Economic and Political Weekly, January 12, 2013

Devika Narayan Some thoughts on rape, sexual violence and protest

responding to responses, January 10, 2013 available online at protest-responding-to-responses-devika-narayan/

Shilpa Phadke, Sameera Khan, Shilpa Ranade Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets, Penguin Books, New Delhi, 2011 pp vii-xiv, 3-21

Human Rights Violation against the Transgender Community: A People’s Union

of Civil Liberties Report, January 2004 available online at

Mario D Penha and Tarun Queering the Campus in Arvind Narrain and Gautam Bhan edited Because I Have a Voice, Yoda Press, New Delhi pp 205-216

Devdutt Pattnaik Death of The Gay Man in Arvind Narrain and Gautam Bhan edited Because I Have a Voice, Yoda Press, New Delhi pp 244-247

Watching portions of I Am film directed by Onir

Maitrayee Chaudhuri Learning through Teaching the ‘Sociology of Gender’ Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 2002

Sharmila Rege Histories from the Borderlands, available online at

Towards Equality: Report on the Status of Women in India, 1974

Gender Mainstreaming: An Overview, United Nations, New York, 2002

Tentative Assessment schedule with details of weightage:

Sno.AssessmentDate/period in which Assessment will take placeWeightage
1.DiaryEnd of semester40%
2.Group presentationMid semester30%
3.In class examFirst half of semester30%