CONTENTS:- A Few words to Begin with...; Editorial; List of Contributors; Women, Work and Participation; 1. Gender Stereotyping in South Asia; 2. Gender Disparity in South Asia: A Comparative Study of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; 3. Whither the Women of Asia? An Exploration into the Trends in the Nature of Women's Engagement; 4. Women Participation in Panchayati Raj Institution in West Bengal; 5. Globalisation and its Impact on Women Workers: The Asian Experience; Women and Politics; 6. Quest for Identity: A Brief Sketch of the Palestinian Women's Movement; 7. Between Secular Teaching and Islamic Preaching: Confused Identity of Soviet Central Asian Women; 8. Between "Homeland" and Home: Russian Women in Uzbekistan; Women and Sexuality; 9. Women's' (Non) Identity: The Case of the Bauls' Sadhansanginis; 10. Con (fused) Identity of a flying Women; 11. Identity-Women-Advertisement: Politics of Viewing; 12. Religion, Sex and Issues of Identity: Women in Thailand; Women in Midst of Traditions; 13. Japanese Women: Mukoirikon to Modernisation; 14. Women in Bhutan: Aspects of their Status and Role.
Identity has becomes an important question in different contexts globally as well as locally in the last few decades. Women Across Asia: Issues of Identities is a book about different aspects of identities among women in various parts of Asia. In spite of differences geographically and culturally, one can find out several strings of identity among women in the continent. This comes out sharply when we look at some specific aspects f culture, society, economy, polity of women in this region. The book is the collection of papers presented in a seminar organized by Indian Association for Asian and Pacific Studies in Collaboration with Women's Studies research Centre, University of Calcutta and Institute of development Studies, Kolkata on this agenda. Later the former two institutions have agreed to bring out this volume as a jointly edited volume. Some selected papers coming out of the discussion are included in the book. With a short introduction on issues of identities in Asia, the book bring cases throughout different regions of Asia as well as specifically in India, which bear the strands of identity. The regional studies will also be accompanied by certain general studies on Asian perspective.