This book fills a conceptual gap in gender studies by emphasising the need to engage with the complexity of masculinities, to understand it not only as an ideological construct, but also a set of practices that are both diverse and fluid. In the era of new technologies, globalization and rampant consumerism, it examines how different masculinities, despite various contradictions, are able to act in unison on certain crucial matters that carry severe societal repercussions. The field area of this study is rural north India, with special reference to Haryana, which has been the author’s focus of research for three decades. She locates the study of masculinities in different historical junctures in the political economy of Haryana, stretching from the colonial period to the era of globalisation, in order to understand how notions of masculinity are defined and redefined.
About the Author
Prem Chowdhry is an independent researcher, writer and eminent social scientist. She previously taught History at Miranda House, University of Delhi.