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Contradictory Lives: Baul Women in India and Bangladesh

Contradictory Lives: Baul Women in India and Bangladesh (Paperback)

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In literature and popular imagination, the Bauls of India and Bangladesh are characterized as musical mystics: orange-clad nomads of both Hindu and Muslim backgrounds who wander the countryside and entertain with their passionate singing and unusual behavior. Although Bauls claim to value women over men, little is known about the individual views and experiences of Baul women. Based on ethnographic research, this book explores the everyday lives of Baul women. Knight demonstrates that Baul women respond to the conflicting expectations imposed on them in various ways, sometimes adopting and other times subverting local gendered norms to craft meaningful lives. More so than their male counterparts, Baul women feel encumbered by norms. But rather than seeing Baul women's normative behavior as indicative of their conformity to gendered roles (and, therefore, failures as Bauls), Knight argues that these women creatively draw on societal expectations to transcend their social limits and create new paths.

GLBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligion & BeliefsHinduismHindu life & practiceReligion & BeliefsIslamIslamic life & practice Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc Publication Date: 01/10/2014 ISBN-13: 9780199396849  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Lisa I Knight is Associate Professor of South Asian religions at Furman University.

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