Recent Submissions

  • Indian women in marriage: When the sacred marriage thread becomes a noose. 

    Naidu, Maheshvari. (Taylor & Francis (Routledge)/UNISA Press., 2013-05-02)
    Violence against women is a worldwide problem that transcends all boundaries – cultural, geographic, religious, social and economic. However, it is maintained that there are also added particular cultural ‘dynamics’ or ...
  • Enacting masculinities: Pleasure to men and violence to women. 

    Naidu, Maheshvari.; Ngqila, Kholekile Hazel. (Taylor & Francis (Routledge)/UNISA Press., 2013-05-02)
    Feminist anthropologists have shown how women’s bodies have been appropriated and rendered ‘docile’ by so called cultural or traditional practices, as well as by discourse. The compelled docility of African women (as that ...
  • Wrestling with standpoint theory… some thoughts on standpoint and African feminism. 

    Naidu, Maheshvari. (Taylor & Francis (Routledge)/UNISA Press., 2010)
    This essay attempts to probe the theory of standpoint feminism, and the charge of epistemic privilege associated with the theory. Standpoint theory itself can be seen to have emerged in the context of feminist critical ...
  • ‘Topless’ tradition for tourists: Young Zulu girls in tourism. 

    Naidu, Maheshvari. (Taylor & Francis (Routledge)/Unisa Press., 2009)
    This study works through the ethnographic narratives of two young girls who perform in a tourist cultural village, and probes how certain cultural constructions of ‘Zulu girl’ or maiden are enacted in the context of ...