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Social Work Practice Placements: Critical and Reflective Approaches

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This volume covers the state of West Bengal and highlights the nature of the challenges ahead in dealing with issues relating to neglected and deprived women. It also looks back at the successes of the past that can help in confronting these challenges. Among the issues discussed are: demography; health and nutrition; economic empowerment; education; political participation; law and violence; culture and tribal women. The analysis of macro data is supplemented by revealing micro studies that focus on the participation of girls from the scheduled castes and tribes in professional education; the status of women with respect to work; political participation of women; and the status of rural women artists in West Bengal. Based on field surveys and a study of cultural trends, this valuable qualitative section offers rare insights into the lives of women in West Bengal.

Demography - Nirmala Banerjee and Mukul Mukherjee Health and Nutrition - Maitreya Ghatak Education - Jasodhara Bagchi and Jaba Guha Economic Empowerment - Ishita Mukhopadhyay Political Participation - Vidya Munshi Culture - Malini Bhattacharya Law and Violence against Women - Manjari Gupta and Ratnabali Chattopadhyay Tribal Women - Anuradha Chanda

This edited volume is a timely assessment of the politics implemented in the wake of the 'Report of the Committee on the Status of Women in India' released in 1974,which asserted the need for action so that the constitutional promise of equality for men and women in India could be realised. Contemporary South Asia The product of painstaking research by a team of eminent academics, the book is a study of the way women's lives evolved, delving into virtually every sphere of human activity imaginable and mdash;from economic empowerment to health to legal issues. The Telegraph work is a unique study of three decades that have witnessed by far the most apparent changes in the visibility, status and social relevance of women in the country, and this book promises to be an important reference point. The result of several years of compilation and analysis, the study looks at several parameters that may assess status: demography, health and nutrition, education, economic, political and cultural participation, violence against women and the safeguards in the eyes of law, and finally, the lives of tribal women. It is replete with tables and one cannot help but be impressed with the compilation and hellip;. Perhaps one of the most significant chapters here would be the one on policy recommendations and hellip;. This book takes an honest look at the scope for improvement with objective pointers through the chapters and hellip;. These pointers and hellip;are heartening indicators of an earnest and dispassionate effort. The Hindustan Times
Jasodhara Bagchi is Chairperson, West Bengal Commission for Women and Founder Director of the School of Womenas Studies, Jadavpur University. She was born in 1937 and educated at Presidency College, Kolkata, Somerville College, Oxford, and New Hall, Cambridge. The larger part of her working life was spent at Jadavpur University, where she was Professor of English. In 1988 she became the Founder-Director of the School of Womenas Studies at Jadavpur University, in which capacity she led the activities of the centre until her retirement in 1997. She is also one of the founder members of the feminist organization Sachetana in Kolkata. Her focus areas of research include womenas studies, womenas writing, 19th-century English and Bengali literature, the reception of Positivism in Bengal, motherhood, and the Partition of India. Among her numerous authored, edited, and co-edited volumes are Gem-like Flame: Walter Pater and the 19th-Century Paradigm of Modernity (1997), The Trauma and the Triumph: Gender and Partition in India (2003), Indian Women: Myth and Reality (1995), Loved and Unloved: The Girl Child in the Family (1997), Literature, Society, and Ideology in the Victorian Era (1992), and Thinking Social Science in India: Essays in Honour of Alice Thorner (2002). She initiated and spearheaded the pioneering Bengali Women Writers Reprint Series edited by the School of Womenas Studies, Jadavpur University, which continues to bring out new editions of writers such as Jyotirmoyee Devi. She is currently Chairperson of the West Bengal State Womenas Commission.