TISS MA in Women’s Studies Question Papers with answers 2016.
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M.A. IN WOMEN’S STUDIES
Time: 1 Hour Marks: 70
The test is divided into two sections. Choose ONE question from each section and follow
the instructions. Section I carries 40 marks, Section II carries 30 marks.
SECTION I Marks: 40
Answer ANY ONE in about 750 words.
1. How do you analyze the image of the ‘new modern woman’ in advertisements?
2. Write your views on the Delhi High court judgment on IPC 377 and comment on
how it is likely to impact social attitudes towards women who are sexual minorities.
SECTION II Marks: 30
Choose ANY ONE of the two texts below, read and answer the accompanying questions
TISS MA in Women’s Studies Question Papers with answers 2016
1. Many mainstream Western feminist perspectives have been criticized by Third-
World feminists for excluding or marginalizing from their analyses and agendas the
interests and concerns of women who are additionally marginalized in terms of
class, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. It has been argued that such exclusions not only generate inadequate feminist theories but also result in political agendas and public policies that fail to be adequately responsive to the interests of women from these marginalized groups.
(an excerpt from Uma Narayan’s Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions, and Third-World
Feminism (1997). Routledge. p.44)
A. Discuss the problems in assuming that women are a homogenous group.
B. Discuss the common grounds for a women’s movement despite differences of
class, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
2. Land rights can also improve the treatment a woman receives from other family
members by strengthening her bargaining power. Although employment and other
means of earning could help in similar ways, in the rural context land usually offers
greater security than other income sources—at the very least, a space of one’s
own…Outside the household as well, land ownership can empower women by improving
the social treatment they receive from other villagers, and by enabling them
to bargain with employers from a stronger fall-back position. Land ownership is also
widely linked to rural political power. Of course there can still be social barriers to individual women’s participation in public decision-making bodies, even for women
endowed with land, but land rights could facilitate such participation.
(an excerpt from Bina Agarwal’s ‘ Why do Women Need Independent Rights in Land’ in Mary E
John (Ed) Women’s Studies in India: A Reader (2008). Penguin Books. p 181)
A. Women’s earnings alone do not get translated into bargaining power. Elaborate
B. Equality in land rights is crucial for women’s political empowerment. Discuss.
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