Escaping the World: Women Renouncers Among Jains

Manisha Sethi March 27, 2020

Escaping the World: Women Renouncers Among Jains Manisha Sethi The book attends to a historical question how to account for the high numbers of renouncers sadhvis mentioned in medieval and ancient texts which has been acknowledged and raised, but left unaddressed within Jain studies It does so through ethnographic data gathered through extensive fieldwork among the sadhvis in Delhi and Jaipur The volume foregrounds the primaThe book attends to a historical question how to account for the high numbers of renouncers sadhvis mentioned in medieval and ancient texts which has been acknowledged and raised, but left unaddressed within Jain studies It does so through ethnographic data gathered through extensive fieldwork among the sadhvis in Delhi and Jaipur The volume foregrounds the primacy of choice and agency upheld by the nuns themselves, who associate asceticism with autonomy, freedom, joy, spiritual well being, self worth and peace, and grihastha household with loss of independence, fettered existence, degradation, burdensome familial obligations and social responsibilities Challenges the existing sociological theories of renunciation and tests the feminist concepts of agency and autonomy by investigating the culturally coded roles ascribed to women in Jainism, and examines how a fractured discourse and reality is resolved in the subjectivities and identities of female ascetics.The very legitimacy of the institution of female asceticism, and the way in which the society samaj upholds and sustains it, renders female asceticism into a socially approved alternative institution albeit one that allows Jain nuns to create spaces of relative and autonomy and even prestige for themselves.

Escaping the World: Women Renouncers Among Jains Manisha Sethi

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