Rajni Palriwala...



was awarded her PhD by the University of Delhi in 1991.  She has taught at the University of Delhi since 1982, holding various positions, and at the University of Leiden as a visiting fellow.  Since 2004, she has been a Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Delhi.  She has done fieldwork on a range of topics and fields, including a village in Rajasthan (gender, work and family), in Leh, Ladakh, (on the theme of urban forms and social organization), in slums in Delhi (women’s collective action), and in Leiden, The Netherlands (single parents and the welfare state).  Her research and writings have been within the broad area of gender relations, covering women and work, kinship and gender, dowry, women’s movements, fieldwork methodology, and more recently care, citizenship, and the state.  Cross-cultural comparision is an underlying interest.  



Her books and edited collections include:

  • Care, culture and citizenship: Revisiting the politics of welfare in the Netherlands (with C. Risseeuw and K. Ganesh, Het Spinhuis, 2005) 
  • Changing kinship, family, and gender relations in South Asia: Processes, trends and issues (Vena, Leiden, 1994)
  • Shifting circles of support: Contextualising kinship and gender relations in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (ed. with C. Risseeuw, Sage, 1996)
  • Struc­tures and strategies: Women, work and family in Asia (ed. with L. Dube, Sage, 1990).
  • Marriage, migration, and gender  (ed. with Patricia Uberoi, Sage, forthcoming).


Along with continuing work on the themes and areas related to the above, she is currently engaged with a collaborative and extensive, ethnographic study of the decline in juvenile sex ratios in a district each of five north Indian states.  She is also undertaking a study on the Political and Social Economy of Care in India, in cooperation with various research organizations in Delhi and UNRISD. 


Upcoming Conference:

Marriage in Globalizing Contexts Exploring Change and Continuity in South Asia 

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