Our Palms Are Not Meant Only for Henna: Agency, Tradition And Modernity In Contemporary Bollywood Films

By Jyothsna Belliappa.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper discussed the manner in which women are represented in Bollywood films as embodying traditional gendered values while also exercising agency and decision-making authority within prescribed limits.

Keywords: Agency, Modernity,

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.9-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 876.301KB).

Ms Jyothsna Belliappa

Jyothsna has an MA in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and is currently doing doctoral research on the multiple identities of professional women in India at the Centre for Women's Studies, University of York. Her research explores how women reconcile traditional ideas of gender with the standards and expectations of the ‘global workplace’ and how they integrate the cultural messages learnt in childhood with those of contemporary urban India. She is interested in debates around modernity, cultural identities and gender equality in the workplace. A qualified teacher, she has several years' experience teaching Sociology and Gender Studies at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. She has been involved in curriculum development for primary and secondary schools in India. She is interested in the relationship between academic achievement and gender and in the construction of women in Indian mythology.


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