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This book is a compelling ethnographic analysis of folksongs sung primarily by lower-caste women in north India, in the fields, at weddings, during travels, and in other settings. Smita Tewari Jassal uses these songs to explore how ideas of caste, gender, sexuality, labor, and power may be strengthened, questioned, and fine-tuned through music. At the heart of the book is a library of songs, in their original Bhojpuri and in English translation, framed by Jassal's insights into the complexities of gender and power. The significance of these folksongs, Jassal argues, lies in their suggesting and hinting at themes, rather than directly addressing them: women sing what they often cannot talk about. Women's lives, their feelings, their relationships, and their social and familial bonds are persuasively presented in song. For the ethnographer, the songs offer an entry into the everyday cultures of marginalized groups of women who have rarely been the focus of systematic analytical inquiry.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Note on Transliteration and Pronunciation
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  1. Introduction: The Unsung Sing
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. Chapter One: The Daily Grind
  2. pp. 33-70
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  1. Chapter Two: Singing Bargains
  2. pp. 71-114
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  1. Chapter Three: Biyah/Biraha: Emotions in a Rite of Passage
  2. pp. 115-154
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  1. Chapter Four: Sita’s Trials
  2. pp. 155-188
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  1. Chapter Five: When Marriage Is War
  2. pp. 189-218
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  1. Chapter Six: Taking Liberties
  2. pp. 219-250
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  1. Conclusion: Community Harmonies
  2. pp. 251-260
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 261-270
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 271-276
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 277-288
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-296
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822394792
Related ISBN
9780822351191
MARC Record
OCLC
1082920233
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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