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Hindu Women, Destiny and Stridharma

Knott, Kim (1996) Hindu Women, Destiny and Stridharma. Religion, 26 (1). pp. 15-35. ISSN 0048-721X

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Abstract

Ideas about destiny —about how and why things occur and what they promise for the future —have rarely been discussed in relation to gender. By discussing the sociological and anthropological literature on karma and other sources of misfortune, andstridharma, I provide a context for examining the views of Hindu women on destiny, particularly those living in Britain. In addition to examining their references to a variety of spiritual forces which influence events and to their duties as daughters, wives and mothers, I consider the issues of resistance, intervention, agency and autonomy. It is my contention that when contemporary Hindu women speak about fate, karma, divine agency and freewill what they say can only be understood with reference to their dharma as women.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 53279
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 15 Mar 2012 11:12
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:14
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53279

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