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A constituency suitable for ladies and other social histories of Indian elections

Author: Wendy Singer
Publisher: New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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"This book focuses on the Indian tradition, since before independence, of establishing separate electoral constituencies for women. Women have participated in politics through a variety of creative and innovative forms. Wendy Singer demonstrates that using the 'category' of women as a lens through which to view the practices and particularities of elections, can illuminate the whole process in profound and  Read more...
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Singer, Wendy.
Constituency suitable for ladies and other social histories of Indian elections.
New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608855930
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Singer
ISBN: 9780195679007 0195679008
OCLC Number: 85830568
Description: xiv, 246 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Telling histories of women in elections --
Separate electorates and the process of defining a constituency --
The 15 per cent solution : women as a special category in early Indian elections --
Where one-third of the government is women : the new Panchayats --
Manifestos : defining issues and politicians --
Rhetoric, culture, and elections on the ground --
Candidates, potential candidates, and non-candidates --
Conclusion : The women's bill.
Responsibility: Wendy Singer.
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The book explores elections, and social history of women in elections in India. The author outlines the history of women's participation in electoral politics and discusses the political realignment  Read more...

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