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Department of the Study of Religions

Ms Zara Ramsay


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Ms Zara Ramsay
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Thesis title:
Religion, Gender and Development: Women’s Empowerment in South India
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PhD Research

Through ethnographic research, this PhD establishes firm links between religious belief and gender constructions amongst poor women in south India. Consequently it reveals a pressing need for women’s empowerment programmes to engage in greater depth with popular religious discourses. Analysis of the successful work of local faith-based NGOs helps to demonstrate this need clearly. The project aims to provide more realistic frameworks for both empowerment facilitation and measurement.