Women in Ochre Robes Gendering Hindu Renunciation (Suny Series in Hindu Studies) by Meena Khandelwal

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Published by State University of New York Press .

Written in English

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  • Hinduism,
  • Women"s studies,
  • Sannyasi,
  • Haridwar,
  • Religion - World Religions,
  • Religious life,
  • Religion,
  • India,
  • Hinduism - General,
  • Sexuality & Gender Studies,
  • Eastern - General,
  • Anthropology - Cultural,
  • Asceticism,
  • Haridwåar,
  • Hindu women

Book details

The Physical Object
Number of Pages256
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7803097M
ISBN 100791459225
ISBN 109780791459225

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SUBJECT LISTING: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Asian Studies / South Asia, Anthropology BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: Pages, 6 x 9 in, 21 b&w illus., 1. Meena Khandelwal is best known for her research on Hindu religious renunciation.

This work resulted in an ethnography entitled Women in Ochre Robes (SUNY Press ) that focuses on the everyday lives of women initiated into sannyasa, a particularly radical variety of Hindu asceticism. Meena Khandelwal is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies.

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