Wife, Mother, Widow: Exploring Women's Lives in Northern India

 
9788180280344: Wife, Mother, Widow: Exploring Women's Lives in Northern India

The essays in this volume, based on forty years of research in Karimpur in western Uttar Pradesh, study the impact of increased rural prosperity, gains in education, and urban influences on the lives of women in rural north India. The initial chapters examine the changes in the economic system and demographic patterns in the village over the last 70 years, which show significant improvement in the economic condition of the people, child mortality and life expectancy, and education. While these changes imply greater mobility, decision-making powers and increasing ages of marriage for some women, others have been adversely affected, facing the double burden of poverty and caste discrimination due to the discontinuation of the jajmani (patron-client) system and the breaking up of joint families. A later essay focuses on the growing disparity in the female-to-male ratio, an issue of vital concern in India. Frequent interactions with the urban community has led to better awareness of biomedicine and improved general health, but it has also opened up new challenges as families shift from female infanticide to female foeticide The remaining chapters describe the day-to-day realities of women's lives in a patriarchal rural community-rituals, family dealings, marriage and widowhood. But they also present hitherto overlooked or little known information such as the common practice of remarriage of widows of lower castes, or widows of higher caste actively participating in village politics. The last two chapters highlight the impact of modern lifestyles including fashion and clothes on young women in rural India, providing them the raw materials to forge new identities and traditions.

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Susan S. Wadley is Ford Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies at Syracuse University

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Book Description Chron Book an imprint of DC, New Delhi, 2008. Hardbound. Book Condition: As New. New. Contents 1. Introducing the village of Karimpur. 2. One straw from a broom cannot sweep the ideology and practice of the joint family in rural North India. 3. Female life chances in rural India. 4. Brothers husbands and sometimes sons. 5. Charlotte Wiser's Shrimati. 6. No longer a wife widows in rural North India. 7. The Village Indira a Brahman widow and political action in rural North India. 8. Negotiating new rules and values four generations of rural North Indian women. 9. Clothing the female body education social change and fashion in rural North India. Acknowledgement. Bibliography. Index. The essays in this volume based on forty years of research in Karimpur in Western Uttar Pradesh study the impact of increased rural prosperity gains in education and urban influences in the lives of women in rural North India. The initial chapters examine the changes in the economic system and demographic patterns in the village over the last 70 years which show significant improvement in the economic condition of the people child mortality and life expectancy and education. While these changes imply greater mobility decision making powers and increasing ages of marriage for some women others have been adversely affected facing the double burden of poverty and caste discrimination due to the discontinuation of the Jajmani (patron client) system and the breaking up of joint families. A later essay focuses on the growing disparity in the female to male ratio an issue of vital concern in India. Frequent interactions with the urban community has led to better awareness of biomedicine and improved general health but it has also opened up new challenges as families shift from female infanticide to female foeticide. The remaining chapters describe the day to day realities of women's lives in a patriarchal rural community rituals family dealings marriage and widowhood. But they also present hitherto overlooked or little known information such as the common practice or remarriage of widows of lower castes or widows of higher caste actively participating in village politics. The last two chapters highlight the impact of modern lifestyles including fashion and clothes on young women in rural India providing them the raw materials to forge new identities and traditions. 190 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 70700

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