The book titled "The Socio-Cultural World of Women in Medieval Andhra" (From 11th to 13th Centuries A.D.) is a study of the socio-political history of medieval Andhra from a woman's perspective. The special feature of the book is that, it deters from the traditional classification of women, which does not justify inclusion of all classes or categories of women. It attempts a broad classification of women into the 'elite' and the 'folk', which is based on socio-economic distinctions. Through a contextual reading of source material, a sincere attempt is made to project the variations in the society as well as attempts of integration at the same time and the ensuing women's involvement in these. The study will make a useful contribution to women's history as we may note that in several aspects the status of women today does not seem to have changed much from the study period; particularly the importance of gender roles, status of widows and the victimization of women.
About the Author:
DR. A.PADMA has published various articles in Andhra history, religion, culture and women in different journals. She has been a member of IHC, SIHC and APHC. She has participated in National Seminars and Conferences and presented papers. She has also been associated with the research project: The Girl Child and Family sponsored by the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Min.of HRD, Govt.of India. She has 9 years teaching experience.