Santi Rozario's Publications


(1992) Purity and Communal Boundaries: Women, and Social Change in a Bangladeshi Village. London: Zed Books, also Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

Reviews include American J of Sociology 99 (1993), 532-4; J Asian Studies 52 (1993) 763-5; ANZJS 29 (1993), 251-63; American Ethnologist 21 (1994): 986-7; J Contemporary Asia 23 (1993), 276-8.

(2001) Purity and Communal Boundaries: Women, and Social Change in a Bangladeshi Village. Dhaka: University Press Limited. Second edition with new introduction.

(2002) The Daughters of Hariti: Childbirth and Female Healers in South and Southeast Asia. Edited jointly by Santi Rozario and Geoffrey Samuel. Routledge, London.

Book Chapters

(1991) "Ethno-religious communities and gender divisions in Bangladesh: Women as boundary markers." In G.Bottomley, M. de Lepervanche and J. Martin (eds) Intersexions: Gender/Class/Culture/Ethnicity, pp. 14-32. North Sydney, Allen and Unwin.

(1994) "Parda and Female Sexuality." In Morny Joy and Penelope Magee (eds) Claiming Our Rites: Studies in Religion by Australian Women Scholars. Wollstonecraft, N.S.W.: The Australian Association for the Study of Religions. Pp. 297-325

(1995) "Dai and Midwives: The Renegotiation of the Status of Birth Attendants in Contemporary Bangladesh." In Janet Hatcher and Carol Vlassoff (eds) The Female Client and the Health-Care Provider, Ottawa: International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Books pp. 91-112. Also available as e-text at books/focus/773/rozario.html

(1996) "Community and Resistance: Muslim Women in Contemporary Societies." in Tess Coslett, Alison Easton and Penny Summerfield (eds) Women, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Women's Studies. London: Open University Press. Pp.209-223.

(1997) "'Disasters' and Bangladeshi Women." In Ronit Lentin (ed) Gender and Catastrophe, pp.255-269. London: Zed Books.

(1998) "The Dai and the Doctor: Discourses on Women's Reproductive Health in Rural Bangladesh." In Kalpana Ram and Margaret Jolly (eds) Modernities and Maternities: Colonial and Postcolonial Experiences in Asia and the Pacific, pp.144-176. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

(1998) "Disjunctions and Continuities: Dowry and the Position of Single Women in Bangladesh" in Carla Risseeuw and Kamala Ganesh (eds) Negotiation and Social Space: A Gendered Analysis of Changing Kin and Security Networks in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, pp.259-275. New Delhi: Sage Publications.

(2002) "Poor and ŒDarkı, What is My Future?: Identity Construction and Adolescent Women in Bangladesh." Lenore Manderson and Pranee Liamputtong Rice (eds) Coming of Age in South and Southeast Asia: Youth, Courtship and Sexuality, pp.42-57. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon Press

(forthcoming) "The Feminist Debate, Reproductive Rights and Issues of Contraception in Bangladesh" in a collection to be published from the National Centre for South Asia, Melbourne. Earlier version available as e-text at http://www., also at

(forthcoming) "Tibetan and Indian Ideas of Birth Pollution: Similarities and Contrasts" (co-authored with Geoffrey Samuel) and "The Healer on the Margins: The Dai in Rural Bangladesh." In The Daughters of Hariti, see above.

Publications in Refereed International Journals

(1986) "Marginality and the Case of Unmarried Christian Women in a Bangladeshi Village." Contributions to Indian Sociology, Vol. 20, No.2, pp. 262-78

(1988) "Legitimation and the Rediscovery of Ritual: Intercommunal and Class Relationships in a Bangladeshi Village." Mankind Vol. 18, No.3, pp.133-45

(1995) "TBAs (Traditional Birth Attendants) and Birth in Bangladeshi Villages: Cultural and Sociological Factors." International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics Vol 50, Sup. No 2, pp.145-152.

(1997) "Development and Rural Women in South Asia: the Limits of Empowerment and Conscientization." Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars Vol.29, no.4, pp.45-53

(1998) "On Being Australian and Muslim: Muslim Women as Defenders of Islamic Heritage." Womenıs Studies International Forum Vol.21, no.6, pp.649-661.

(1999) "Western Feminists, Reproductive Rights and Contraception in Bangladesh." J. Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, vol.4, no.1, pp.83-97.

(2001) "Claiming The Campus For Female Students In Bangladesh" Womenıs Studies International Forum 24(2), pp.157-166.

(2002) “Grameen Bank-Style Microcredit: Impact on Dowry and Womenıs Solidarity.” Development Bulletin 57 (Feb. 2002), pp.67-70.

(in press) "Women and Poverty: Is Grameen Bank the Answer?" J. Interdisciplinary Gender Studie,s vol.6 no.2, to appear in April 2002.

Other Publications

(1999) "The Feminist Debate: on Reproductive Rights and Contraception in Bangladesh", Re/Productions, Issue 1, April 1999, pp.52-59. (Global Reproductive Health Forum, South Asia, Harvard School of Public Health). Hard copy; also available as e-text at

(2000) "Women and Poverty: Is Grameen Bank the Answer?" CAPSTRANS Working Paper, available as e-text at

(2000) Thornton, P., Devine, J., Houtzager, P., Wright, D. and Rozario, S. Partners in Development: A Review of Big NGOs. Dhaka: DFID.

(2001) Background Paper: Gender Dimensions of Rural Change (Livelihoods and Institutions Assessments for the DFIDB Natural Resources [NR]/Fisheries and Aquatic Resources [FAR] Programmes). Dhaka: DFID.

(2001) Thornton, P., Rozario, S., Griffith, D, Herm, J., Ward, S., Regmi, R., Khalil, F. DFID Support to HPSP: Mid-Term Review. Dhaka: DFID.

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