About the Book
This books deals with the nature, origin, hermeneutics and sociology of patriarchy. Reviewing the sources available, it discusses the historical contexts which have nurtured
patriarchal societies. Finally it applies these ideas to Indian history and sociology and examines how caste has interacted synergistically with patriarchy in India. A useful text for students as well as for the general reader.
The book draws on Marxist thought as well as current Anglo-American and European theories of feminism. West Asia and South Asia are also not ignored. All in all, it provides a useful and illuminating study of a much discussed yet little understood theme, patriarchy. –Sudeshna Chakraborty, The Statesman
V. Geetha provides a lucid overview of the origin of the term ‘patriarchy’, its historical ‘evolution’, and, more importantly, the consolidation of patriarchy overtime as a system impacting all aspects of women’s lives and lived experienced whatever be the changes in material conditions, cultural practices and sexual orientation-all of which may appear to challenge patriarchy but nevertheless fail to dislodge it…The Book is no doubt a brilliant compendium and a skilful weaving together of the diverse social and cultural contexts in which patriarchy functions. ..Padmini Swaminathan, The Hindu
V Geetha writes in Tamil and in English on history, culture and gender. She has co-authored with S.V. Rajadurai, Towards a Non-Brahmin Millennium: From Iyothee Thass to Periyar (Samya, revised 2008).